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1794 dated Revolutionary War Pay Order made out to the Overseers of New Gate Prison - For 100 Pounds - Connecticut - American Revolutionary War

Inv# CT1129
State(s): Connecticut
Years: 1794

Pay Order for "New Gate Prison". Old New-Gate Prison is a former prison and mine site on New-Gate Road in East Granby, Connecticut. It is now operated by the state of Connecticut as the Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine Archaeological Preserve. Previously closed for restoration since 2009, it was re-opened on July 14, 2018. The site includes a colonial-era copper mine, which visitors are able to explore through a guided tour, and the remains of the state's first official prison, which was used between 1776 and 1782 to house prisoners of war from the American Revolutionary War. The site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1972.

State records indicate that copper was discovered on the west side of Talcott Mountain, then part of Simsbury, in 1705. The construction of a mine began in 1707. The mine was created by digging a vertical shaft and tunneling horizontally, with additional vertical shafts dug for ventilation. Read more at

Condition: Excellent
Item ordered may not be exact piece shown. All original and authentic.