All posts tagged: Pennsylvania

Eastern State Penitentiary 

I absolutely love exploring historical sites, and out of all of the ones I’ve visited, Eastern State Penitentiary is one of my favorites. It’s a massive prison on the edge of Philadelphia, well known for famous prisoners, brazen escape attempts, and ghost stories. It’s a fascinating place to visit, maintained as a “preserved ruin” that has been left largely in the same state as when it was closed and abandoned, with a few cells restored to their original state.  Eastern State was the first penitentiary in the world, holding each prisoner in solitary confinement in order to inspire penitence, or strong regret. It opened in 1829, and featured an imposing exterior designed to inspire a foreboding fear. The inside of the prison was quite different, with running water, flushing toilets, and architecture that resembles a church. As time went on, the prison began to function as a more traditional prison, housing inmates together until it was closed in 1971 It was reopened to the public for historical tours in 1994  after being discovered by Steve Buscemi. …

Gettysburg National Military Park

I originally visited Gettysburg in 2011, and it was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve had while traveling. There is no place decorated with more monuments anywhere else. They are nestled all over the landscape, emerging at every turn. Dedicated to both whole units and individuals, they add a whole other layer to exploring the path of the three day battle. If you ever visit, I would highly recommend arriving early and signing up for a guided tour. The guide will drive your car, and be able to give you much more detail then a audio tour will. They can also personalize your tour, giving a general overview of the battle, or tracing the path of a specific unit or historical figure.