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The US is filled with supposedly haunted buildings. Haunted hospitals are one of most popular haunted locations for paranormal enthusiasts. There are haunted hospitals all over the country, many offer tours, and some even offer overnight visits. Give yourself a good scare this summer with a visit to a haunted hospital.
#3: Taunton State Hospital
The Taunton State Hospital. located in Taunton, Massachusetts, was a lunatic asylum built in 1854. This facility was built because the asylum at Worcester had too many patients. The staff was rumored to be part of a cult that would perform satanic rituals in the asylum. Patients were taken to the basement for these rituals, where odd, unexplainable markings can be found on the walls.
Shadows have been seen walking on the walls and lights turn on and off. This facility is still used today for juvenile offenders, so no tours of this facility are offered.
#2: Danvers State Hospital
The Danvers State Hospital, in Salem, Massachusetts, was a mental hospital built in the early 1900s. This hospital was built on the same plot of land that Jonathan Hathorne, a judge of witches delusions in 1646 lived on. Patients in this hospital were “cured” through brutal punishments, such as electroshock therapy, beating, and waterboarding. The hospital was forced to admit over 1700 more patients than it was designed to accommodate.
Lights have been known to flicker on and off, apparitions have been seen, doors close and shut themselves, and footsteps have been heard when nobody has been there to make them. This hospital shut down in the 90s and has since offered tours of the grounds, which are given on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 10-12am. Call 978-365-7352 to reserve your spot on the tour.
#1: The Ridges
The Ridges, on the Ohio University Campus is alledgedly one of the most haunted locations in the nation. The Ridges contained mentally insane criminals, who were beaten and tortured by the staff. The Ridges closed in the 1980s after Margaret Schilling disappeared from the facility and was not found until after the hospital had closed, dead in the attic of the North Ward.
The outline of Margaret’s body was stained onto the floor of the attic and refused to come off of the floor. The Ridges also has a cemetery on property where patients’ tombstones had only numbers, not names. Ohio University offers tours of The Ridges, call Ohio University to schedule a tour.