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Kingston Penitentiary


Discovered by gravehunter
Created Sep 25 2013
Recent status Closed
Category Correctional
City Kingston, Ontario
Location # 9644
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Info about the museum from gravehunter: The Kingston Penitentiary Museum is located across the Street from the Penitentiary in what was once the Wardens residence. This building was completed in 1873 and prior to that the Wardens and their families were housed within the Prison Walls. It holds many exhibits including various methods of rehabilitation which today would be classified as inhuman. The Rules where strict, anyone caught talking or making any unnecessary noise received the Lash. Their Cells were cold, dark and damp and measured 6 Ft. High, 2 1/2 Ft. Wide and 6 2/3 Ft. Long. They were given a mattress that completely covered the floor and in order to allow room to stand up the Mattress had to be hung on the wall. There are Exhibits of the two major Riots, 1954 and 1971, and many others that show the hardships of Prison life at that time.

The youngest female Convict was 9 Yr. old Sarah Pierce from Brockville who was sentenced to 7 years for House Breaking and Larceny. Among the items stolen were a Quilt, Ladies Hat, Towel, a Pitcher, some Beef, Raisins, Biscuits and Tea and Sugar. Her Mother received 6 Months for receiving stolen property.

The youngest Male Convict was 8 Yr. old Antoine Beache from Quebec, who, along with his two Brothers, aged 12 and 19 and a 12 Yr. old friend were given a 3 Year Sentence for their attempt to Pick a Pocket aboard the Steam Boat "Sydenham" on the St. Lawrence River. The Records show that he received the Lash within a week of his arrival and also on 47 other occasions for the Offences of staring, laughing, whistling, giggling, making a noise in his Cell, having tobacco and idling.

Commissioners were appointed to investigate Management in 1848 and they found this treatment of the Child to be inhuman resulting of the firing of the Penitentiary's first Warden, Henry Smith. Before this, in May of 1842 Author Charles Dickens visited the Kingston Penitentiary and said that he was impressed by the Facility, calling it an "admirable Jail, well and wisely governed".

Info about the tunnels by gravehunter: Description Over the years there have been many Ghostly tales told about the Maze of Tunnels and Catacombs the run beneath the Kingston Penitentiary. Many of these Tunnels are now used by the City for running pipes for heating, sewer, water, steam and communication lines. When they refit the Prison in the 1990's the Workmen said they seen rats down there that were as big as cats. While the main North to South Tunnel is almost wide enough to drive a car through there are several smaller Tunnels branching off from it that are a mere 3' wide by 5' high. The Old Prison Morgue is located in one of these. From 1835 to 1915 605 Convicts died at the Prison and they would all have been brought down to this Morgue and held for 24 Hours and if their bodies hadn't been claimed at that time they would have been sent to the Medical College for the students to dissect. (See attached Link) All that is visible now is the outline on the walls where the cots were that held the bodies. There is also what they think was an old boiler room, now empty, but the iron ring in the floor that the Convict who fed the boiler was chained to is still there. There is another Tunnel that connected with the Woman's Prison across the road but this has since been sealed off.

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Motleykiwi Tours are happening again this year but be warned they sell out almost immediately.

May 01 2017  • 0 like(s)

maple I really need to get there! Nice galleries from everyone!

Sep 11 2016  • 0 like(s)

Northof49 Awesome!

Jul 22 2014  • 0 like(s)

rcouper Look for many more Great Entries ~ as more gain entry. Trust they keep the Tours ongoing.

Nov 12 2013  • 0 like(s)

photojunkie1984 I wish I had gotten tickets :(

Oct 26 2013  • 0 like(s)

superss Yea, I'm envious................but I would probably want to break away from the tour.

Sep 27 2013  • 0 like(s)

Golson Moldon Man that would be a great trip.

Sep 26 2013  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user Weak

Sep 26 2013  • 0 like(s)

doom vs 12th October. 2:20 pm I believe.

Sep 25 2013  • 0 like(s)

ground state I also can't get over the aerial shots of this place, as I somehow envisioned it being so much more massive. I guess that's a testament to Canada's hardcore criminal population.

Sep 25 2013  • 0 like(s)

ground state Congrats on the tickets, as I heard there was a last minute block of them going on sale at 10:30 am this morning. And congrats too on having the foresight to snag this location on OAP :) . Very strategic with the historic photos in lieu of a gallery from visiting!! Can't wait to see what you bring back.

Sep 25 2013  • 0 like(s)