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Haunted Asylums of America

Updated on September 11, 2014

Kirkbride Buildings

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 - America

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Fernald School for The Feeble Minded - Massachusetts
Fernald School for The Feeble Minded - Massachusetts
Fernald School for The Feeble Minded - Massachusetts

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.

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!

Insane Asylum Links - The Most Notorious

Check out these terrifying links!

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      Scary!

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      Creepy for sure ...

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      DanCooper 5 years ago

      very interesting lens. keep up the good work.

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      I would guess that since murder and suicide happened at most of these places, that they are on unhallowed ground. So, to answer your question, yes they are cursed. Very entertaining, enjoyed this lens immensely. Happy holiday to you, and a wish that you enjoy a happy holiday season. See you around the galaxy...

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      Great lens. I have always wanted to visit one of these.

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      justholidays 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Some of those building are splendid. How could simply people think of turning a beautiful architecture into a nightmare for any humain being? That remains a mystery to me.

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      You would never catch me inside an Asylum, too scary!

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      amyrussell 5 years ago

      @MillBucks: Me either.

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      amyrussell 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't know what other people find scary, but abandoned buildings of any kind give me the willies :)

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      Oneshotvariety LM 4 years ago

      Spooky! Abandoned buildings creep me out too! Great lens!

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      amyrussell 4 years ago

      @Oneshotvariety LM: Thanks. Anything old and Victorian creeps me out beyond belief :)

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      Jen withFlash 4 years ago

      Oooh creepy!!!

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      amyrussell 4 years ago

      @JenwithMisty: I love creepy, lol!

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      amyrussell 4 years ago

      New England is such a scary place and living here all my life has made me get into this scary stuff hardcore, lol. A good "freak out" is fun for me!

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      amyrussell 4 years ago

      I have given the Colorado shooter serious thought. I have personal experience in my family with mental illness and they release sick people into society too quickly. Do I think that mental patients should be permanently placed in asylums, no, but I do think a month or two to figure out what is really wrong and to really medicate them properly is important. Maybe it would prevent tragedies like the one that happened in Colorado. Imagine how the government funding mental healthcare for just a couple of months would have prevented such a high number of casualties, medical treatment, and pain and suffering. It astounds me!

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      amyrussell 4 years ago

      It holds a terrible stigma and I do think part of it is because you can't see it. Mental health care really is in its infancy if you compare it to other types of medical care. Its an interesting subject, huh.

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      amyrussell 4 years ago

      I grew up in Mass, about 30 miles north of Boston.

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      amyrussell 4 years ago

      Cool. I wanted to go to school in Connecticut, but I ended up at community college, because I had a little bambino, lol. Of course, he's not so little anymore.

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      Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      Very cool lens. Thanks for sharing this!

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      amyrussell 4 years ago

      @Spiderlily321: I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Creepy-we still have similar in Ireland-Blessed

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      amyrussell 4 years ago

      @siobhanryan: I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it. I used to live very close to an abandoned asylum. Its now an apartment complex, I wouldn't want to live there!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      good work

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      amyrussell 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed this lens :)

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      todd-macisaac-1 4 years ago

      You have the caption for the original or "Main Building" at Hudson River State Hospital incorrectly stating it was abandoned in the 1970's......this is not true...the hospital closed in 1992 and this was the administration building...it to closed in 1992. I worked in the Cheney building on the Admissions Men's unit ward 204....my name is Todd MacIsaac in facebook....if you'd like more info on the hospital including the haunting that goes on there please do message me. www.facebook.com/todd.macisaac.1

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      amyrussell 4 years ago

      @todd-macisaac-1: Thanks for the update, Todd. Hudson River creeps me out, because it looks just like Danvers State. I used to live up there and even looking at those buildings gave me the creeps! Driving up close to the buildings gave me the eeriest feeling! Even if it wasn't haunted, those old turn of the century Kirkbride buildings are terrifying! Kirkbride himself was a cool guy, though! I wrote a lens on him, too!

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