Go Directly To Jail, With The Verona Historical Society


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The Verona Historical Society‘s next meeting will take attendees on a guided tour (in photos) of the historic and intriguing Essex County Penitentiary, which was built on the North Caldwell/Verona border in 1873. Learn about the mysteries and legends associated with the buildings and property including the story of the pre-Revolutionary muskets hidden on the site in the 1740s and the stories of Verona’s White Rock. Numerous items salvaged from the buildings will be on display and prisoners will speak once again through the tell-tale signs they left behind for us to find. The disturbing image of the hooded spirit will also be displayed and stories of the buildings ghostly residents will be detailed to prepare you for the Halloween spirit.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, at the Verona Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Noted photographers Trix Rosen and Leslie Granda-Hill will have their photos on display and detail their interactions with the historic buildings, which were recently demolished. For more information, e-mail the Society at [email protected] or call (973) 857-1968.

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  1. Very sad! I was in the Old Jail as well as the Essex Co. Hospital Center many times. Real history being destroyed, should have been declared a National Historic Site.


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