|~Thanks to Retired Navy Brother for this photo!|
|Being superstitious especially at a place like a mental hospital, Irish workers added faces like these to ward off evil spirits. They believed evil could only enter through the back, so only the back entrances have these carvings.~|
By the 1980s, wide sweeping changes had been made in mental health treatment and the hospital's population was in decline. All of the operational and maintenance costs were no longer cost effective and the hospital was closed in 1994.
|A photo of one of the upper floors that has been renovated. This floor housed nurse and doctor apartments.|
We took two tours. The first night, it was the paranormal tour. The guide, dressed in all black, with a flashlight led us throughout the main parts of the building recounting stories of some of the hospital’s better-known spirits, including a little girl named Lilly who was born in the asylum, a man named Jesse who died of a heart attack in a bathtub, Civil War soldiers, and a patient who was brutally murdered by his roommates. And several others I can't remember.
|~Thanks again to Retired Navy Brother for this photo!~|
Before we left town, we took another (daylight) 90-minute historic guided tour. We were again able to visit all four floors of the main building as well as the Civil War section and the Medical Center. Our guide, a young woman dressed in an all-white nurses uniform, lead us throughout the grounds and shared so much history about the 160-year old facility that it was a little overwhelming.
|~A solitary confinement room~|
Two of the most disturbing things I learned during the tour were 1) some of the treatment methods that were used on patients in the hospital and 2) some of the utterly ridiculous things people, especially women, could be admitted for early in the hospital's history. --Notice the ingredients on the medication below....Chocolate covered??!!
|~The ingredients on the cough syrup would put anyone to sleep!~|
|Doorknobs used on the inside of patient rooms. This style prevented the patient from being able to hang him/herself from it, and to allow to open it from the outside, or to be used a weapon.|
|~Many of those who worked at the asylum were also required to live there - This top floor is where they slept.|
Women were at a distinct disadvantage during this time because they were viewed as the property of their husbands. If I had lived in the last nineteenth century, my husband could admit me to the insane asylum if I inherited money. Yes, the man in my life could've locked me away until he decided to come back and get me or he could've just left me there until I died. And of course, he would get the money. Also if you were a woman and your husband decided to cast you aside, your children would be admitted to the hospital as well. An innocent child (or children) could have their childhood taken away from them merely at a father’s whim if he chose.
|~One of the restored first floor spaces. This would have been for the more well-off and mildly ill patients~|
|~Coffin style staircase~|
THANK YOU FRIENDS for stopping by, and reading this very long post! I hope you enjoyed it and like me, maybe learned a thing or two as well!! Enjoy your weekend!
|~From a rest stop on the way home~|