Halloween is coming up, and it’s time for the spooky and the paranormal. St. Albans Sanatorium is regarded as one of the most haunted attractions on the East Coast and an entertaining excursion. People claim it is full of paranormal activity and is one of the scariest places to visit in Virginia.
This is a dark and eerie building that looks straight out of a horror movie. Talking of straight out of a horror movie, it is possible to visit the haunted house seen in the movie 2013 horror movie, The Conjuring. Further aboard, perhaps one of the strangest and most creepy locations is Mexico’s Island of Dolls – it combines the sweetness and creepiness of appeasing the ghost of a drowned girl.
One Of The Most Active Paranormal Locations On The East Coast
It is said by various paranormal investigators that it is one of the most active paranormal locations on the East Coast. It is a ghostly hangout for the spirits of the many students and patients that meant their wrongful ends within its confines.
Reports include shadowy figures, levitating objects, and apparitions, along with the feeling of physical contact with unseen spirits.
Venture into the haunted St. Albans Sanatorium and be greeted by broken toys littering the floor, old rushing wheelchairs lurking in the corners, while the walls are peeling and grimy.
The building is haunted by its history and the horrors that went on there. It was once a stately Lutheran boys’ school. But while the building may have been stately, it was a terrible place to go to school. So much was bullying encouraged and the environment insufferable for the students that a number committed suicide.
From Bullying Lutheran School To Cruel Psychiatric Infirmary
While the building may be a stately one, that was poor comfort to the poor Lutheran boys who were sent to study there. The school was competitive and even encouraged bullying amongst the Lutheran boys. So toxic was the environment that a number of the students committed suicide over the years.
According to Atlas Obscura, the school was eventually shut down, but that wasn’t the end of its haunting story. It reopened in 1916 as a psychiatric infirmary.
- Served: As A Luthern School and Psychiatric Infirmary
While the psychiatric in firmary boasts a bowling alley, a rooftop garden, and a small farm, it was anything but ideal. The poor, vulnerable patients were abused and endured inhumane experimental treatments. These “treatments” often left them permanently disabled or even resulted in death (like from lobotomies).
Other “therapies” included electroconvulsive shocking, wrapped and plunged in ice-cold water, or just left to soak for days in a tub during routine “hydrotherapy” sessions.
Over its time as a psychiatric infirmary, it received thousands of patients that it was ill-prepared to manage. At one point in 1945, there was only 48 staff for 6,509 patients. Suicides were not uncommon.
Finally, the sanatorium closed in the 1990s.
Today the spirits of the Lutheran boys and the mentally disabled are said to haunt its halls.
Visiting The St. Albans Sanatorium
Today St. Albans Sanatorium is open to the public on certain days. But be warned that a night at the old school is not for the squeamish or the faint-hearted.
There are a number of events held at the place throughout the year – including a zombie apocalypse. Plan ahead and join in on the Friday the 13th celebrations and the second annual Halloween event at the end of October. For events and dates when the sanatorium is open, refer to their website.
- Opening Hours: 7.00 pm to 12.00 am (Ticket Booth Opens 6.30 pm)
- General Admission: $20.00
- Line Jump: $25.00
- Age Limit: Restricted to Those Aged 10 And Over
Families should be aware that there is an age limit for those aged ten and up (so it is not suitable for families with small children).
Private investigations are also available – they offer two types of investigation options.
- 8-Hour Private Investigation: $800
- 36-Hour Private Investigation: $2,000
Regardless of whether one actually believed in ghosts and the paranormal or not, it is a spooky experience and a fun activity to do with friends over Halloween. Have a fun night out, feeling tingles running down one’s spine.