Tuesday, May 30, 2017

REVIEW TUESDAY: Eastern State Penitentiary

photo of a typical cell
pic taken with Nokia 635 Windows Phone Crap Cam

Eastern State Penitentiary
Tour / Paranormal Investigation
Eastern State Penitentiary was the world's first penitentiary, that is, a building designed to inspire penitence - or true regret - in the hearts of prisoners. 
Situated in Philadelphia, PA, the remains of the EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY still stands as an intimidating reminder that crime doesn't pay. Built like a fortress, not to keep the bad people out but to keep them in, it opened its doors to house prisoners in 1829 and was upgraded at various times and remained in service until the early 1970s when it was deemed to be in such poor disrepair that it would've been easier to simply shut it down than to continue maintenance. 

I decided I won't bother going further into the history of the prison here on this blog. I'm reviewing the experience of it. During the day you can just walk in, plunk down the admission fee and spend however long as it takes for you to observe everything that you wish. They also have guided tours available. We tried it out and wandered around for HOURS and still managed to miss many parts of the complex. But, everything we saw had sound for you listen to via players they provide upon admission, as well as through informational placards throughout. I believe their hours are usually 10AM to 5 PM with last admission at 4.

We returned for a PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION later that same night. That might not have been a good idea because we're talking about a lot of time on foot. However, if you can handle it, it paid great dividends since we had the layout of the place and ideas fresh in our minds before even getting started. This began at 8:45 PM. You get to park on the premises. After an orientation, you can get started. Depending on the size of your group, you may have at least two or three guides to show you around in the dark and answer questions. You don't have complete access to everything, but you get more than enough access to keep you busy for hours. They also provide you with some water, recharging facility, bathrooms and that's it. If you fancy yourself as some sort of a ghost buster, you better bring some equipment and flashlights with you or you will have a bad time since they don't even flip the lights on during your stay. But that's the way you want it to be. It helps the creepy atmosphere of walking around in a decaying 150 year old prison. 

The equipment we used were as follows:
  • Regular flashlights
  • UV reactive flashlights
  • EMF detectors
  • Sound recorders
  • Cameras for video and still shots
  • Laser thermometers
  • Ghost Radar App (available for all operating systems)
We had three guides (Melanie, Anna, and MaryAnn) who were absolutely amazingly helpful. Their collected knowledge of the prison provided answers for the onslaught of never-ending queries we posed. The tour must be concluded with everything put away, the place locked up and everyone gone by 1AM on the nose. 

While we did have many false positive readings, we did have a couple curious positives that were unexplainable. No one attacked by a poltergeist, but we certainly didn't leave feeling disappointed. 

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