Saturday, October 11, 2008

Some Time at the Prison

Last Saturday morning (Oct. 4th), I had a little bit of extra time between going out to breakfast and taking John to his class at the YMCA. I don't like getting to classes too early, so I killed some time by driving down to Old Newgate Prison, which is near where we live. I took a few nice pictures of the view but not many because I didn't want John to run off the cliff and break his neck, or arm, or leg. He nearly gave me a heart attack when he took of running down the hill.

Come back, you little escapee!
A little history lesson: Newgate started being used as a prison in 1773. Before that it was a copper mine. It housed prisoners from the Revolutionary War, mainly Tories/Loyalists/England lovers. I think it's really neat to live close by to historical sites like this. It makes history come alive, it makes it more real, and it makes it more exciting, interesting, and relevant. And there are few things I like to study, read about, and think about more than American history. I love it!



I've always liked the old stone walls that are in New England. I don't see very many of them here in Connecticut, but they're everywhere up in Massachusetts where I'm originally from. They were used as property dividers back in the day. I find it amazing that so many of them are still standing. I don't know if this one has been rebuilt or is the original wall.

Our town has a lot of wild turkeys that roam around in the fall and especially winter. The town was actually going to be named "Turkey Hills," which would have been cool. These big acrylic turkeys are at different places around town. For civic fundraising, local artists paint them and then local businesses buy them at an auction. Pretty cute idea! (We stole the idea from a neighboring town that does the same thing but with horses.)

It was a nice way to spend a few extra minutes that morning. I need to go back at some point and take a tour of the prison's interior. Who knew that jail could be such fun!

8 comments:

Me said...

I am incredibly jealous of the lush, beautiful scenery you keep coming up with. How amazing it must be to have such marvelous landscapes all around, and the history! Keep sharing..I like seeing it all through you! I may never make it to that part of the nation.

Donna said...

Oh man. Wait until you see the pictures I took today. I went on an amazing hike and nearly fell off the mountain because the views were so beautiful. I'll post them sometime next week. I hope you'll make it out East someday. It would be a great trip!

dougandcheryl said...

That is why I love your area so much! I love American history as well and love going to those kind of places. I wish I was closer to things like that!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

See, that's one of the reasons we are great friends - a mutual love of American history! I feel like the luckiest girl alive to here!

There is a Turkey Hills Rd though, isn't there? Oh, and that townwide painting of animals is a nationwide thing. In Park City, they had painted moose and when they unveiled the newly painted moose they called it "Moose on the Loose".

Donna said...

Yes, the main road through town is Turkey Hills Road (Rt. 20). Maybe it was a concession for the people who wanted that name for the town and didn't get it!

buffyvandabailey said...

You have no idea how much I miss the green. And hills. I'm getting a little verklempt!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Hey, you need to start "following" me. No, I ain't too proud to beg! :-)

Karolynn said...

Beautiful photos. I also enjoy learning the history of the prison!