Old Newgate Prison

Also known as: Newgate Prison and Copper Mine, Simsbury Mine
Newgate Rd., East Granby, Connecticut

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Description 

Used from 1775 to 1782 as a prison for British soldiers, Tories and other political offenders, New-Gate Prison was undoubtedly the most horrible prison in the British North American Colonies: Revolutionary War prisoners were incarcerated deep underground in the tunnels of the Copper Hill Mines. After 1776, New-Gate also served as Connecticut's first State Prison; it was abandoned in 1827. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, November 28, 1972

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1970
Reference number
70000839
Areas of significance
Military; Politics/Government; Social History
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic function
Correctional facility
Current function
Museum
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1750-1799; 1825-1849
Significant years
1775; 1827
Number of properties
Contributing structures: 5
Contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • October 26, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett

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