Haunted Asylums of America
The dawning of a new era began with Kirkbride Buildings, beautifully adorned buildings offering hope for the hopelessly insane, or horrible dungeons with pretty curtains, you tell me!? In these beautiful mansion-like buildings, people endured shock and hydrotherapy, the most advanced medical help for mental afflictions in the era. If you were really not doing well, you were a candidate for a full frontal lobotomy to simmer you down some.
Abandoned Psychiatric Facilities - AmericaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Danvers State Outside & Inside The Grounds! - A Truly Spooky & Historic Site!
Check out the outside grounds, building and insides as they are now at Danvers State Hospital (an abandoned asylum). Only parts of it now stand as some of it burned down and some of it was developed into housing. I would not want to live there! Most of the buildings contain original Victorian architecture in their exterior. There is still a graveyard that won't soon be developed. How would you like to live in the condos and modern apartments that were once a place where lobotomies and hydrotherapy were once performed. A boy roasted to death in the heating duct work, also. He got lost and was eventually found and in very bad condition.
Patient's Feelings About Danvers State - Spooky & Locked In!
You get there and you just want to leave, but there in no way out. You can feel the darkness on the grounds and within. Danvers State Hospital was built on a site that used to be a prison and has an extensive tunnel system underneath. The main purpose during Danvers State Asylum's heydey was to transport dead bodies out without patients being really aware of what was going on.
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Danvers State Hospital History - Some Background About Danvers State
When did it open? What was its main purpose? What were some "modern medicine" techniques developed during its successful and revolutionary days. If you call a "successful" frontal lobotomy successful for the turn of the century, I guess this was revolutionary for the time! Hydrotherapy and shock therapy were some other so-called "modern" methods to "humanely" treat mental patient for the era when Danvers State Hospital was at its peak.
Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here - Insane Asylums Abandoned - LIfe on The Streets
Kirkbride's Plan cut & a new era of homeless mental patients live in the streets!
Danvers State - Notoriously Haunted Insane Asylum
Danvers State is mostly burned down and developed into condos and apartments, but pieces remain in Massachusetts, near the infamous Salem (the home of the witch trials)! Actually, parts of Danvers is where the witch trial happened, in Olde Salem village. Is the place cursed, you tell me. It can be seen from the highway as a creepy eyesore to remind us of what once was! The original hospital was built on Hathorne Hill, which was once owned by the most notorious judge of The Salem Witch Trails, Judge Hathorne. His father's house once stood on that hill.
The tunnel system underneath Danvers State Hospital served to carry out dead bodies as not to disturb the patient population in the event of a death, creepy! Danvers State Hospital is a great example of a historic Kirkbride, and I use this example, because it was just basically torn down and turned into apartment buildings. Some of the original structure remains, but it loses some of its historical "charm" and context due to this action.
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Buffalo State - New York Insane Asylum
This infamous Kirkbride building has long since been abandoned! It is now known as Buffalo Psychiatric Center. It is no longer politically correct to call it New York Asylum for the Insane.
Hudson River Asylum (State Hospital) - Another Beautiful Abandoned Kirkbride Building
Hudson River is another hospital that once was a beautiful Kirkbride building. I always refer to it as Danvers State Hospital's twin. Its almost identical. It began to close its large, hulking buildings in their full capacity in the 70's in a situation similar to Danvers State Hospital and other Kirkbride Plan Hospitals with the advent of community mental healthcare. The hospital is located in Poughkeepsie, New York, very close to Albany (upstate NY). It officially closed its last administration building in 1992. Thanks, Todd :)
Pennhurst School - Disabled Children's School & Extended Care Facility
This is a horrible, creepy place. They now offer tours and ghost hunters are encouraged to visit for a fee, scary!
Abandoned Asylums That Offer Tours! - More To Come Soon!
I'm going to be working on this list this week, but I figured I'd publish it and keep up what I have listed so far!!! Enjoy!
- Clarinda State Hospital (Treatment Complex)
Clarinda Treatment Complex, which is still partially in operation houses a mental health museum and welcomes those who wish to come and see it! This hospital was built in 1885. Its not a Kirkbride, but its still a super cool old asylum! Clarinda Trea
- Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum located in Weston, West Virginia was formerly known as the Weston State Hospital. It was built in the mid-1800's. You can tour this nationally recognized landmark. Daily heritage tours are available for both small and l
- Rolling Hills Asylum
Often resembling a reformatory, a poorhouse often housed orphaned children, families, destitute elderly, physically handicapped, mentally unstable, morally corrupt, even criminals. These institutions were situated on the grounds of a poor farm on whi
- Fergus Falls State Hospital - Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Tours of the former Fergus Falls State Hospital are set to resume according to a post on the Friends of the Kirkbride Facebook page (check out the group's photos for some great pictures, including historical images from the hospital). For more inform
- Pennhurst Asylum (Pennhurst State School)
Pennhurst State School and Hospital opened in 1908. Children who were both mentally and physically disabled were placed there to be thrown away and forgotten about. When abuse and neglect allegations came to light, the school was closed. Homes like t
- Asylum 49 (Old Tooele Hospital)
The Old Tooele Hospital was purchased for tours. Its located in Tooele, Utah. You can call the scare line for more details of visit Asylum 49's websites for events and tour information. Paranormal investigations are welcome if you ask and call ahead!
Insane Asylum Links - The Most Notorious
Check out these terrifying links!
- Dixmont State Hospital
- Danvers State Hospital
Creepy Massachusetts Asylum
- Worcester State Hospital
State Hospital (Asylum) in Massachusetts
- Hudson State Insane Asylum
Danvers State has a twin!
- Essex Mountain Insane Asylum
- Athens, Georgia Insane Asylum
Creep, creepy, creeeeepy!
- Anthens, Ohio Asylum
- Bartonville, Ohio Insane Asylum
Spooking the Pants off of Ohio!
- Norwich State Hospital For The Mentally Insane
Connecticut's creepiest asylum!