Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, East Granby

Virtual Tours




Copper Mine Virtual Tour  
Recognized as the first chartered copper mine in North America, the mine at Old New-Gate was once referred t
o as the Simsbury Mine. Established in 1707,the mine was operational until the 1750s and again in the 1830s.




Jug Cells Virtual Tour  
The Jug Cells, located under the prison guardhouse were constructed in 1790 and 1819. The rooms were used for storage as well as inmate housing.


Viets Tavern Virtual Tour 
Captain John Viets lived in the house across from New- Gate Prison and was designated as the first prison keeper. Capt. Viets’ descendants remained in the house and operated it as an inn and tavern closely associated with the prison.