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Old New-Gate Prison

East Granby, Connecticut
County of Hartford.
59 S. Prospect Street
National Register Number: 70000839
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Government - correctional facility. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2008.
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Museum: http://www.chc.state.ct.us/old_new.htm.
Web Site: www.viewzone.com/oldnewgate.html.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 28, 1972):
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.

Condition:
There are no threats to landmark.

Replacement of wood shingle roof on guardhouse and structural remediation. Other miscellaneous repairs to building including selected repointing and carpentry.


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