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Crownsville State Hospital

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So I went to the Renn Fair last weekend and this was my first time in the area. This massive hospital complex that looked pretty much abandoned caught my eye and curiosity. It really looked interesting.

 

So today I remembered to google it and find that this was a black mental asylum built in the early 1900's and used up until 2004.

 

I can only imagine the history this building has.

 

Anyone have any stories or information on it? Any way possible to get a tour and take some photographs?

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So I went to the Renn Fair last weekend and this was my first time in the area. This massive hospital complex that looked pretty much abandoned caught my eye and curiosity. It really looked interesting.

 

So today I remembered to google it and find that this was a black mental asylum built in the early 1900's and used up until 2004.

 

I can only imagine the history this building has.

 

Anyone have any stories or information on it? Any way possible to get a tour and take some photographs?

 

It wasn't only for blacks.

Why would you want to visit that place, unless you're hunting ghosts?

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It wasn't only for blacks.

Why would you want to visit that place, unless you're hunting ghosts?

 

according to everything I have read it sure was only for blacks

 

"The facility was enabled by an act of the Maryland General Assembly on 11 April 1910 as the Hospital for the Negro Insane of Maryland"

 

It wasn't integrated until the 1960's.

 

As for my reasons for going? I like to take pictures, I like history, and I like interesting places. Why do people like to dress up in silly outfits and shoot fake guns at each other in fields all weekend long? :)

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according to everything I have read it sure was only for blacks

 

"The facility was enabled by an act of the Maryland General Assembly on 11 April 1910 as the Hospital for the Negro Insane of Maryland"

 

It wasn't integrated until the 1960's.

 

As for my reasons for going? I like to take pictures, I like history, and I like interesting places. Why do people like to dress up in silly outfits and shoot fake guns at each other in fields all weekend long? :)

 

I visited a family member that was housed there for a while in the early 90s and I have to say -- it gave me the creeps even then -- and it wasn't the living patients that were creepy. It was the complex. <shriver>

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"The facility was enabled by an act of the Maryland General Assembly on 11 April 1910 as the Hospital for the Negro Insane of Maryland. This act also explicitly specified that the facility should not be located in Baltimore. On 13 Dec., 1910 the Board of Managers purchased farm land located at Crownsville, Maryland for the sum of $19,000 which had formerly been farmed for willow and tobacco."

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crownsville_Hospital_Center

 

Before the facility closed it was integrated. There was also an alcohol/drug detox unit on the campus, and I think a minimum security lock-up.

 

The last time I saw the hospital it looked like a perfect movie set for a 1920s-1940s film.

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according to everything I have read it sure was only for blacks

 

"The facility was enabled by an act of the Maryland General Assembly on 11 April 1910 as the Hospital for the Negro Insane of Maryland"

 

It wasn't integrated until the 1960's.

 

As for my reasons for going? I like to take pictures, I like history, and I like interesting places. Why do people like to dress up in silly outfits and shoot fake guns at each other in fields all weekend long? :)

 

I haven't figured that out either! :confused::D

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I visited a family member that was housed there for a while in the early 90s and I have to say -- it gave me the creeps even then -- and it wasn't the living patients that were creepy. It was the complex. <shriver>

 

 

Yeah as we were driving past the place it seemed a bit creepy to me as well and that was before I even knew it was a mental asylum although I had a good hunch.

 

Looking at the google images for it I noticed that somebody posted interior shots of the hospital on their flickr page so they were able to get in somehow... legally or illegally.

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I haven't figured that out either! :confused::D

 

see we all have silly hobbies. I'm sure you have something rather odd that interests you as well.... right? :D

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see we all have silly hobbies. I'm sure you have something rather odd that interests you as well.... right? :D

 

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! :eek:

 

B)

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I've gone to the Rennaisance Festival many times and it has always been fun. Hint -- go when it's drizzling -- less people and there is plenty of tree shelter. :)

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that whole crownsville hospital complex has always given me the creeps when i have driven by it. creepy...indeed!!! :eek::eek:

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The state still owns it, and AA county wanted to buy it but I believe the state said no.

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I worked with a guy (criminally insane) who had to go there once a month,they would check him out to make sure he was taking his meds. I remember a few times when they would regulate his meds and he was like a different person for a coulple of weeks. He loved going there,he always told me that it was very easy to get laid there. I remember discussions for years about closing it,the cost of runnning it and,it was full of asbestos. They got estimates on abatements that ran over a million dollars. You can clearly see from Debbie's pictures the asbestos pipe lagging and floor tile.

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Is this the place that's up for sale?

 

Nevermind...I was thinking of Glen Dale

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I worked with a guy (criminally insane) who had to go there once a month,they would check him out to make sure he was taking his meds. I remember a few times when they would regulate his meds and he was like a different person for a coulple of weeks. He loved going there,he always told me that it was very easy to get laid there.
Crownsville a place to get laid? LOL You sure you aren't confusing the place with the Renaissance festival? There is a lot of overlap.

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Crownsville a place to get laid? LOL You sure you aren't confusing the place with the Renaissance festival? There is a lot of overlap.

Do you really think those people that were living there didn't have sex?

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Yeah as we were driving past the place it seemed a bit creepy to me as well and that was before I even knew it was a mental asylum although I had a good hunch.

 

Looking at the google images for it I noticed that somebody posted interior shots of the hospital on their flickr page so they were able to get in somehow... legally or illegally.

 

There was a place in Ellicott City- right along the river- that was a mental institution and way creepy. I think all that's left are some stairs... I think it was recently (within the last 5 years) torn down.

 

I think this might be it... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Dale_Hospital

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I think it was there during a visit with a family member in the Community Room that one of the patient's popped his eyeball out because I had to say "no" to his request for a cigarette. I turned to the family member and said, "You need to get better and get out of here."

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There was a place in Ellicott City- right along the river- that was a mental institution and way creepy. I think all that's left are some stairs... I think it was recently (within the last 5 years) torn down.

 

I think this might be it... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Dale_Hospital

 

That's in Glenn Dale, Maryland. The psychiatric hospital in Ellicott City is Taylor Manor Hospital, which is now part of Sheppard Pratt. I worked there many years ago right after I graduated from college. It's up a very lovely street from Main Street.

 

I have a special sympathy for those with mental illness, in part because of my time working there, and because of some other events from my own life.

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Hmm now I really want to go. I get creeped out, get cool pictures and get laid :)

 

Sounds like a plan. B)

 

:D

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There was a place in Ellicott City- right along the river- that was a mental institution and way creepy. I think all that's left are some stairs... I think it was recently (within the last 5 years) torn down.

 

I think this might be it... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Dale_Hospital

 

Glen Dale is the one I mentioned earlier...it's in PG County off of 450 near Lanham...must be another one you're thinking of.

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