Old Newgate Prison

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Old New-Gate Prison
Old Newgate Prison is located in Connecticut
Old Newgate Prison
Location Newgate Road, East Granby, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°57′42.89″N 72°44′44.01″W / 41.9619139°N 72.7455583°W / 41.9619139; -72.7455583Coordinates: 41°57′42.89″N 72°44′44.01″W / 41.9619139°N 72.7455583°W / 41.9619139; -72.7455583
Built 1775
Architect Unknown
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 70000839
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1970[1]
Designated NHL November 28, 1972[2]

Old Newgate Prison was a Colonial American prison in what is now East Granby, Connecticut. It is now a historic site.

The prison was originally a copper mine, opened in 1705, and is believed to be the first copper mine in America. After mining operations proved unprofitable, the colony of Connecticut converted it to a prison, like its London namesake Newgate Prison. The first prisoner, John Hinson, was committed for burglary in 1773. Later Tories and Loyalists were held here during the American Revolutionary War. In 1790 it became a state prison, the first such in America. In 1827, the remaining 81 prisoners were transferred to the new, "state-of-the-art" Wethersfield State Prison. After the prison closed, mining operations resumed for a time but since the 1860s it has been mainly a tourist attraction. Nearby Peak Mountain offers a bird's eye view of Old Newgate Prison from the Metacomet Trail.

In 1972 Old Newgate Prison was declared a National Historic Landmark.[2][3] The site is now owned and administered by the State of Connecticut as a museum.

In 2006 an episode of Treasure Hunters sent the contestants to the prison.

The museum and grounds are closed to the public for restoration. Current plans are for a soft opening in Fall 2014. [4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Old New-Gate Prison". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  3. ^ Charles W. Snell (January 4, 1972). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Old Newgate Prison and Copper Mine PDF (304 KiB). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 6 photos, exterior and interior, from 1971. PDF (1.00 MiB)
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCsH0FHKG9s

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