Our last stop before heading home was the Eastern State Penitentiary. This was the most progressive and expensive jail of its time (construction began in 1822). The first jail based on changing prisoners behavior through solitary confinement and labor with the hopes to rehabilitate and make them contributing members of society.
The prison was abandoned in 1971 and left to ruin. It is now run by a nonprofit organization allowing for visitors. The textures of the facility were truly captivating.