St. Albans Sanatorium, located in Radford, VA, shut its doors in the early 1990s after a century of abuse and terror. Actually, the terror began even earlier, during the American colonial period when the Draper’s Meadow Massacre occurred on the very site that would one day be a boy’s school and later a mental hospital. It seems that almost every city and town the world over has some claim to paranormal fame. But, few could come close to matching the amount of ghostly activity that has been recorded and reported at the haunted St. Albans, one of the most haunted places in Virginia and, perhaps, the entire country.
Over more than 100 years, St. Albans was the site of severe emotional and physical abuse of patients and the numerous suicides it led to. Even when it was a boy’s school at the turn of the 20th century, students were tormented by staff and encouraged to bully one another. A number of deaths were reported on the campus during the site’s 20-year tenure as a school.
When the hospital closed its doors in the 1990s, a former patient purchased the property with plans to turn it into a center for learning. In order to raise the funds to make that happen, he hosts regular ghost tours and overnight ghost sleepovers at the old hospital. If he’s eventually able to open his business, perhaps at long last something good will come from a place of such sorrow. Then again, there’s plenty in the hospital’s history that should have him thinking twice about wanting to spend so much time there. Read the full story by clicking here.
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