Poe Arts Festival


Eastern State Penitentiary 

Talk- Matt Murphy: “Punishment in Poe’s Philadelphia”

 (Director of Tours, Eastern State Penitentiary)

America's Most Historic Prison

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. 

Guilty and Famous

Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone. Click the Photo to learn more about Al Capone's Cell.

Haunted Horrors

Many people believe that Eastern State Penitentiary is haunted. As early as the 1940s, officers and inmates reported mysterious visions and eerie experiences in the ancient prison. Click the photo to learn more about the haunted tours. 

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