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Northampton State Hospital -- Haunted -- Pictures!

  Author:  59808  Category:(Hauntings) Created:(2/22/2004 1:43:00 PM)
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Opened in the early 1800s, the Northampton State Hospital lived nearly 200 years before it was shut down and abandoned in the late 1980s / early 90s. It is located in Northampton, Massachusetts, an urban city located in the western part of the state, about a two hour drive from Boston. It was what most families of mental patients seeked as a center of help, but for the patients themselves, it was nothing less than Hell.

Though police and staff keep a tight seal on what exactly did happen to patients at the hospital, many stories have surfaced, ones that tear at your nerves as soon as you set foot in the building.

A friend of mine crawled in through a window with a couple of her buddies. During their short 15 minute stay, she claims to have passed numerous doors with signs that read "Lobotomy" on them. She also mentioned that there were uncountable amounts of rusted surgical utensils scattered across the floors. On the second floor, there were patients' rooms, as well as many rooms holding dirty, white padded walls, a chair in the corner, and a two-way mirror. Almost all of the patients' rooms had no windows and were lit by cracks of sunlight peering through holes in the top of the rooms made by rocks being thrown. She recalls opening a random door only to a room of pitch black darkness. Curiously, she threw a rock into the darkness, only to never hear it land. She concludes her expiriences with, "It was just scary as Hell."

Another story, told by her mother, says that patients were locked in the padded rooms and told to sit in the chair. There they sat for hours on end, while staff on the other side of the mirror watched and questioned them through an intercom. Once they thought they knew what was wrong with the patient, they would sometimes perform a lobotomy on them, or kill them.

A friend's father, an ex-janitor at the hospital, gives us graphic detail on how he had to remove a patient who had hanged himself.

Whether these stories relate to any truth or not, police sure don't want anyone to find out. Doors to the hospital are locked and binded shut. Windows are borded up but are usually torn down or broken with rocks, allowing curious visitors to enter illegally.

The Hospital was also featured on a segment of the show "Scariest Places On Earth", where a frightened family went in the building with cameras, and found everything from a dog's skeleton and blood samples, to hearing eerie footsteps and noises in other rooms, or sometimes even the room they were in. The show also mentioned how a "lunatic" patient escaped the hospital years ago and hasn't been seen since.

Pictures that were taken inside the building can be found at http://www.abandonspaces.net/DanversStateHospital/northamptonstateinside.html, many of them show numerous orbs.

I, personally, have not yet been able to enter the building, but I'm hoping that because it's only a mere 10 minute drive away, I will one day be able to.

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Date: 2/22/2004 1:54:00 PM  From Authorid: 62338    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO lol...Rawhide  
Date: 2/22/2004 1:59:00 PM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 59808    .....  
Date: 2/22/2004 2:08:00 PM  From Authorid: 53155    awesome post i will check the pixs out thanx for sharing :-)  
Date: 2/22/2004 2:09:00 PM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 59808    No prob, thanks. =)  
Date: 2/22/2004 2:22:00 PM  From Authorid: 16845    we've got a place out here like this as well....I don't think I'd ever have the courage to enter one of those...especially at night LOL Give me a cemetary any day!   
Date: 2/22/2004 2:56:00 PM  From Authorid: 59861    d
there were at least 20 orbs in one picture!! you should take me with you when you go!! awesome post. thanks for sharing! peace n luv
Date: 2/22/2004 2:57:00 PM  From Authorid: 52736    I live about twenty minutes from Northampton, and although I've never been inside, just being in the presence of the building is frightening enough. I have a friend who went in there and although he's a normally level-headed person he wouldn't talked to me about what he saw. ...someday I hope to see it myself. Thanks for the post and it's always interesting to hear other stories besides the ones I know myself. Great post.  
Date: 2/22/2004 3:39:00 PM  From Authorid: 62334    Thankyou for sharing

Date: 2/22/2004 3:41:00 PM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 59808    Dude, that's creepy! I really want to go. The trouble is getting a ride there, just guess what your parents would say if you asked them to take you to the Noho State Hospital, haha. And yeah, I haven't met anyone willing to go in there at night (except for the people on the show). Creepy.  
Date: 2/22/2004 3:42:00 PM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 59808    And what stories have you heard, Melancholy? It'd be interesting to hear. =)  
Date: 2/22/2004 4:47:00 PM  From Authorid: 62422    cool. i was at onetime living near an old haunted school. great post! cyndi...  
Date: 2/24/2004 12:16:00 PM  From Authorid: 62184    Just looking at the pictures on the walls gave me the creeps. *shivvers* I'd love the visit a place like that, but would be scared to death to. Thanks for sharing!  
Date: 3/1/2004 4:47:00 AM  From Authorid: 18008    Mental Hospitals have always scared me, especially the ones from the past.. it seems none of the doctors really cared what they were doing, but they just seemed to want to mess with humans and see what would happen when they tried horrible 'remedies' and such things as lobotomies. Patients are still mistreated today in some mental hospitals.. there was a story about it on lifetime, it's not near as bad.. but it still seems as though some don't care how they mess another human up.  
Date: 3/1/2004 4:48:00 AM  From Authorid: 18008    http://www.1856.org/main.html

these people adore it and tell of happy times..
Date: 3/3/2004 5:20:00 AM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 59808    18008, I saw that site. It tells of happy memories because it is an official site on the building; the town of Northampton wants us to believe that it was a happy place where everything was fine, that's why when the building closed, police and ex-staff were hushed up.  
Date: 3/25/2004 9:38:00 PM  From Authorid: 62606    Eerie!  
Date: 4/22/2004 8:47:00 PM  From Authorid: 62574    oh my god, I want to go there sooooo bad! im gonna have to travel to massachusetts just to see that place. insane asylums have always freaked me out and it would also be fascinating to see the inside of the place. that building is huge! ***(Mojo the WonderDog)***
Date: 5/2/2004 4:34:00 PM  ( From Author ) From Authorid: 59808    62574, I'm sad to say that unless you plan on visiting before May 10, you won't be able to pay it a visit. I read in the newspaper today that they're tearing down both buildings to make a roadway for a nearby campus. The machines are already there and destruction starts on May 10th. It'll be a sad day, what with all that's happened in those two buildings.  
Date: 11/4/2007 4:19:00 PM  From Authorid: 13969    Wow that's creepy.  

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