ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Home for the Epileptic and Feeble-Minded

Updated on February 28, 2013
No more mental health
No more mental health | Source

State Institution

I want to share with you my visit to a very picturesque abandoned institution. I’m not going to name this location because I do not want to blow it up and hear bitching and moaning from annoying explorers. The only thing I will say is that it is located in the northeast of the United States, which will just have to suffice. ­­

Epileptic & Feeble-Minded

The state institution was built in 1908 to house the epileptic and feeble-minded. It opened in 1911 and was made up of 130 buildings. All the buildings were constructed with field stone in a neoclassic style. The location is very beautiful, with dense woods and rolling hills. The institution was to be the better alternative to the nightmarish asylums.

Institutionalized | Source

Background on the Institution

Located on the 2,000 acre campus was a working farm run by able bodied patients. The farm was able to support the people that lived at the facility. One thing about this institution was that it housed many children. To many that visited they could not help but notice how malnourished the children were. Overcrowding was also becoming a problem with the facility. Photos were made view able to the public and they showed cramped conditions and neglected children.

As years progressed the facility continued to go downhill until it eventually closed in 1996. Now, all that is left are crumbling and decayed buildings that still hold a certain amount of beauty. Many of the field stone buildings are covered in ivy and boards with “No Trespassing” spray painted on them cover the windows.

Empty & Boarded
Empty & Boarded | Source

Hurricane Sandy is coming to Visit

Of course the weekend that we were visiting this very picturesque institution was the weekend Hurricane Sandy was coming in for an angry visit. The fact that we were at a creepy location that had been featured on a stupid ghost show (can you tell I don’t believe in ghosts?), a big storm was rolling in and Halloween was right around the corner made for a very atmospheric kind of day. The skies were dark and brooding. The winds were swiftly blowing the fall leaves in every direction. There was a charge to the air that made it almost euphoric. Unfortunately little did we know how much damage Sandy would do to the area the next day.

We (my friend, my daughter and I) drove around the campus taking in all the sites and snapping shots all while avoiding security. At certain spots we would stop and watch my daughter skateboard on the sidewalks surrounding the old abandoned buildings. This has become a favorite hobby of hers. If I’m going to an abandonment that is skate able she has to accompany us.

Skateboarding brat at the abandonments
Skateboarding brat at the abandonments | Source

A Visit to the Morgue

The only building we really had time to enter before it got too dark was the one that housed the morgue. Half of the building was burned, graffiti covered the crumbling walls and debris littered the soaking wet floors. The morgue was on the lower level and had four drawers. My child, being the adventurous wackadoo that she is, had to crawl in one and have her picture taken.

Overall this was an interesting place to visit and explore. The history of the place is fascinating, but just like everything else with a past it is quickly disappearing. Soon everything with history will be replaced with strip malls, Walmarts and gas stations. So, get out there and explore! Check out what is around you because it may be gone the next day!

Happy exploring!

Morgue | Source


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • That Grrl profile image

      Laura Brown 

      5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I love the old stone buildings like this. I've photographed one near me. Have gone back a couple of times.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)