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Modern Ruins Archive #7

Saratoga County Homestead
Posted by Laura B. on 9/29/2003, 4:57 pm

I've heard many stories about this place and was wondering if anyone could shed more light on the subject. I know where it is, I went to the place one night with friends, but the cops were already there cause stupid people parked right out front and went in. The house next door is where the grounds keeper lives. It is true that he has a dog but it is a friendly mutt that likes to roam the first floor. From what I know, it was somekind of hospital/children's orphanage/TB sanitorium. I plan on going sometime this week to hopefully get in and explore the place. I have been warned not to take anything away from the building, I guess someone took a book one night and got into a car accident on the way home. Maybe it was just coincidence, but who knows. I've also been told that the local teens have added their own little tricks to the place, like suspended 2 liter bottles in the basement to make it feel like you are being touched or running into things. I don't know much more, except if the police happen to be called on you, they WILL NOT enter the building, they will wait outside across the street untill you come out. So if you have all night, all you have to do is outwait them. The directions from Schenectady (where I live) are: Cross the western gateway bridge to get in to Scotia, keep straight on rt.5 take the right onto rt.147. Follow for a while, you'll come to the intersection of rt.147 and rt.29. take the right onto rt.29, go about a mile, take the the left onto Barkersville rd, follow and stay right at the Y. you'll pass the fire station on your left. (park somewhere's around there) then keep on barkersville rd, the asylum will be on your left hand side. it is a huge building, you can't miss it. At the top of the center portion it will say Saratoga County Homestead. Have fun!

Re: Saratoga County Homestead
Posted by Billie on 11/16/2003, 9:07 pm, in reply to "Saratoga County Homestead"

I lived up the road from the Saratoga County Homestead when I was a child. My parents told me that it was a TB (tuberculosis sanitorium) and that people of all ages were hospitalized there. I attended a family wedding in Corinth NY this past Labor Day and we went back to Barkersville to locate our former home.
When we finally found the location (mostly by trial and error) we were mesmerized by the place. It is an outstanding example of architecture for it's time (mid 1940s through early 1970s) There was obviously a lot of money to support that structure and all of the personnel required to support the place. In spite of the vandalism, it is still a magnificent structure and emits an unsettling feeling upon all who view it. My parents experienced nightmares after having seen it again.
The facts as they recall them:
in the early 1950's they knew, everyone knew it was a TB santiorium (not an insane asylum)
No one ever saw any children outside the building, although it was well known that children were treated there
There are no records or archives anywhere in New York State about this place.
The burning question: Was this a place of horrific experiments? Was it a place that conducted government experiments on people? Why are there no records of patients? If those people next door are the "care takers" then who pays them and exactly what are they caring for?
Danger: TB is a highly contagious disease that can remain dormant for years, perhaps centuries. If anyone intends to roam those halls, beware! If the "ghosts don't get you," the TB germs might. . . It's very serious BE WARE! For an abandoned building, the local police seem to have marching orders to arrest any and all paranormal investigators, curiosity seekers, etc.
I want to know why the secrecy and exactly what went on in that "hospital" over all of those years

Re: Saratoga County Homestead
Posted by Lu Cifer on 10/13/2003, 8:53 pm, in reply to "Saratoga County Homestead"

My fellow dungeon spelunkers and myself have entered into the "Hell Hospital" many times successfully until last weekend when 3 of us went to do some photos and film. It was 2a.m on a friday, we had parked in our secret spot as usual when our plans were spoiled. We were walking down the road to the building and were about 30 feet from the driveway when our leadman motioned us into the woods because of a car coming down the road. We jumped in the woods and hoped for the car to pass but to our suprise it pulled in the main entrance! Thinking it might be a cop we waited in the woods for them to leave but they didnt. Instead they turned off their lights and got out. About 5 of them got out and they slammed the doors loudly walking into the building. We were going to go in and terrorize them but figured the cops would be there soon due to the loudness of our "intruders". So we left, and will return. They will be cursed.......from the Hell Hospital......... Forever.

Re: Saratoga County Homestead
Posted by tonydukes on 11/3/2003, 9:28 pm, in reply to "Re: Saratoga County Homestead"

Are you people referring to Saratoga county NY? If so tell more please!

Re: Saratoga County Homestead
Posted by Billie on 11/16/2003, 9:24 pm, in reply to "Re: Saratoga County Homestead"

Yes. It's in Barkersville around the Antioch Road area. It was a booming TB sanitorium from the late 1940s until the 1970s when it was abruptly closed. People of all ages were hospitalized for TB there, something about the thin mountain air and no pollution.
We lived in the neighborhood in the 1950s
There was never anyone or any children outside to be seen at all. My parents and I visited the area again in September. It was eerie and when my parents returned home to Massachusetts they had nightmares about the place.
I have tried (in vane) to get more information about doctors, patients, newspaper accounts and it seems to be a dead end. Why would all of the records be destroyed? Even NY state doesn't have anything official in its records.
EZ bord discussion group has an impressive dialogue regarding paranormal activity in recent visits to the "homestead." If you have never seen it, it is very imposing, impressive and in remarkably good condition given the number of years it has been vacant. It appears that the people vacated the building and left contents behind - strange indeed from a state government facility, if indeed it was a state facility. It may have been private - it may have been a federal operation.
CAUTION! It was a TB sanitorium and that germ remains dormant until a host presents itself. People entering that building are taking their lives in their hands.
According to ezboard, explorers experienced children crying, talking, laughing, lights glow, faces appear at the windows, and people feel a pulling at their clothes. There are rumors about doctors "gone mad" and massacring patients, etc. All local newspaper accounts of the place have gone missing, or have been destroyed. Old timers don't care to talk about the place.
The "care taker" supposedly lives next door and has a mean dog. People have been arrested for trespassing, etc. Be careful.

Re: Saratoga County Homestead
Posted by Kassandra on 12/16/2003, 12:08 pm, in reply to "Re: Saratoga County Homestead"

Has anyone documented the place on photo or film?
-Kassandra

Re: Saratoga County Homestead
Posted by David on 12/21/2003, 1:27 pm, in reply to "Re: Saratoga County Homestead"

I have a lot of pics of the place - I will send some if you want.
David

Re: Saratoga County Homestead
Posted by Kassandra on 12/21/2003, 9:52 pm, in reply to "Re: Saratoga County Homestead"

David, It'd be great if you wouldn't mind sharing some of your pics. You can reach me at sonic_slap(at)hotmail.com Thanks!
-Kassandra

Re: Saratoga County Homestead
Posted by Lu Cifer on 12/27/2003, 2:32 am, in reply to "Re: Saratoga County Homestead"

I have many inside pics and high quality video.Beware of the CARETAKER

Re: Saratoga County Homestead
Posted by Tony D on 12/21/2003, 9:51 pm, in reply to "Re: Saratoga County Homestead"

David,
I live very (at least thirty Miles)close to the sanatorium,and have yet to get in there. We took some exterior shots, but that's it. Don't know what the holdup is, but some of us are creeped out by the tb thing, the no documented history thing (at least of the 1937 building). I got ahold of a 1914 article describing the opening of the original facility. Aerial photos show "something " behind the standing building looking suspiciously like the original 20 something bed facility.
In short if you could shoot me some pics, or even a description of your experience there, I'd love it.
Ever been to Tahawus? The National lead mine up there is Awesome.

Re: Saratoga County Homestead
Posted by Lu Cifer on 12/27/2003, 2:34 am, in reply to "Re: Saratoga County Homestead"

I have been in many times and have some glorious footage and storys of inside.

King's College -- No Trespassing
Posted by Karl Xydexx Jorgensen on 9/29/2003, 8:13 pm

I rode up to King's College on my recumbent from North County Trailway on Saturday (9/27), armed with a digital camera (with a full battery and empty memory card). Unfortunately, my arrival there was timed poorly, as the person next door to the entrance arrived home just as I started to ride up the driveway, and may have tipped the authorities off as to my presence. There is an opening in the chain-link fence at the main entrance that I went through, then biked up Lodge Road.
I could see a little of the 1911 wing of the building and remains of the main building through the trees. There are also two big orange crane-like vehicles parked out front, which I assume they're going to use to tear the remains of the building down with. When I was about halfway up the road, a white car came down the hill, and a security guard told me (politely but firmly) I was on private property and would have to leave. I asked if I could get pictures of the building and he said no, but suggested I ask permission down at the police station. I thanked him for his time and he followed me until I had left the campus grounds.
I couldn't find the police station the first time around, so I stopped at the library to do a little research on Briarcliff Lodge/Walter Law and ask directions. Later on, I stopped by the police station (I noticed the same white car parked out front) and figuring I'd ask permission anyway and the worst they could do is say no. I was told in no uncertain terms by the police officer there that it was private property, I couldn't take pictures, and "if you go up there you'll be locked up for trespassing." I thanked the officer for the information, decided I wouldn't pursue it further, and spent the rest of the day biking.

Re: King's College -- No Trespassing
Posted by Andrew on 11/3/2003, 9:12 am, in reply to "King's College -- No Trespassing"

I only just found out about this today (head in the ground, I know) but it really broke my heart to learn about this. As a life-long resident of Westchester, I'm aware of it's history and it's historic 'gems,' and the loss of the King's College building is severe.
Thank you to Rob and others for capturing KC while it still stood, through these web sites we at least have a pretty good way of remembering and honoring places like these.

Re: King's College -- No Trespassing
Posted by Dawn Esposito on 9/30/2003, 2:54 pm, in reply to "King's College -- No Trespassing"

Well, it was worth a try. Thanks. I wonder if they are extra stringent with security because of the criminal investigation that should be going on...

Re: King's College -- No Trespassing
Posted by Judy on 9/30/2003, 8:32 am, in reply to "King's College -- No Trespassing"

Kinda makes you wonder if they're still hiding something. I understand it for safety purposes but this alumni needs some closure for this horrific event.
Everything should be roped off for the arson investigation (if there really is one going on) so cranes should not even be up there. Makes you wonder what Briarcliff's money is paying for!

Re: King's College -- No Trespassing
Posted by AMY on 10/6/2003, 11:58 am, in reply to "Re: King's College -- No Trespassing"

its really weird that sat 9/20 my hubby and I
were heading up in that direction, but b/c
of the rainy weather we stopped at the mall on the way instead. A part of me wishes we continued travelling over Tappan Zee Bridge. Thanks for trying to get the photos we all need closure especially since we all lived in fear of a fire when we lived there and the fire dept always joked that they would just bring their lawn chairs to sit and watch. It's scary that it has become a reality! amy '95

Re: King's College -- No Trespassing
Posted by Rob on 9/30/2003, 11:25 pm, in reply to "Re: King's College -- No Trespassing"

Tyhe cranes came up there the day of the fire to remove the brick chimneys and the stone facade which survived the fire.
-Rob

Re: King's College -- No Trespassing
Posted by Judy on 10/1/2003, 7:23 am, in reply to "Re: King's College -- No Trespassing"

...makes me feel alittle bit better but I'm still suspicious!

Re: King's College -- No Trespassing
Posted by Stephen Koehler on 9/30/2003, 3:00 pm, in reply to "Re: King's College -- No Trespassing"

Well Judy, your comments certainly mirror the feeling I've had inside ever since I read Karl's "No Trespassing" message this morning. Sad if they are indeed trying to cover something up. My heart is truly broken. Believe it or not, I always felt more at home at The King's College in Briarcliff Manor than any other place I've lived before or since! To not have tried to preserve it is unconscionable. To be party to it's destruction is criminal (if it be true). For me to have known Dr. Cook personally for 4 yrs., to have lived, learned, worked, fellowshipped and matured at King's was truly AWESOME!!! Dr. Cook was uniquely dedicated to God and it was that rare quality of life, in command of our budding young lives that made such a difference!! I would trade ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for my King's experience...NOTHING!!! It's such a shame that the 101 yr. old Briarcliff Lodge which was solely responsible for the existence of Briarcliff Manor was not thought worthy of restoration by those who owe their existence as a village to Her but rather despised their birthright! - SMK-alumnus-1977

Re: King's College -- No Trespassing
Posted by Joni Lambert on 10/7/2003, 4:57 pm, in reply to "Re: King's College -- No Trespassing"

I agree with Stephen. King's was the first place I ever really called 'home'. From '81 to '85 I grew up, met some of my best friends (many I'm still in contact with today). What a great loss! I am heartbroken over this!

Re: King's College -- No Trespassing
Posted by Lindsay on 10/2/2003, 12:55 pm, in reply to "Re: King's College -- No Trespassing"

I still believe that this was an arson! It's just too coincidental to be an accident. I also think that the village is not telling us something. It's funny how now, not even the Journal News is updating us on the investigation.

Re: King's College -- No Trespassing
Posted by rob on 10/2/2003, 1:14 pm, in reply to "Re: King's College -- No Trespassing"

The Journal News has run three articles on this fire.
-Rob

pa abondoned mental hospital
Posted by brian on 10/1/2003, 7:38 pm

i had a question for anyone who knew anything about an abondoned mental hospital about an hour or so from Harisburg pa. All i know is that it is near a military base and i guess they look after it. but i heard of people goin there and getting chased by some of the patients who still live there because when it closed (which i also dont know when) they had nowhere to go so they stay there. if anybody knows anything at all please let me know. thanks to whoever shares their knowledge

Re: pa abondoned mental hospital
Posted by Mike on 10/31/2003, 2:40 pm, in reply to "pa abondoned mental hospital"

the hospital you are talking about is in Spring City,Pa its called Pennhurst, and part of it is a military base i live right by it but ive never been in it, i know alot about the area and places to go so e-mail me at sdodgesidewinder(at)aol.com if u want to know more

Re: pa abondoned mental hospital
Posted by Jonathan on 10/12/2003, 12:54 am, in reply to "pa abondoned mental hospital"

Hey. I think you're talking about Torrance Mental Hospital in Torrance, PA. I'm trying to find out how to get there. I know how to get to the new Torrance, which is evidently down the road from the old Torrance, the abandoned one. I might check out these directions tomorrow, and I'll let you know if I find anything.

places visited
Posted by elliot on 10/4/2003, 8:32 pm

list: bull mine, bradly mine, dunderberg railway, orak, doodletown.

Re: places visited
Posted by elliot on 11/20/2003, 4:20 pm, in reply to "places visited"

Go to http://www.ironmines.com and click onto "inside the mines" and "here are some pics" to see what may be the last pictures to be taken of Bull Mine. The land that the mine is on is now owned by a land developer. You know what that means, bye-bye Bull Mine.

Bye-bye Bull Mine
Posted by elliot on 11/20/2003, 4:34 pm, in reply to "Re: places visited"

Bull Mine, last worked in 1884 has been just a meeting place for beer drinkers and the like. The past few years has seen the "recycling" of junk cars back into the iron mine, but no more. It is fenced off and POSTED. Bull Mine soon to be bulldozed? Another piece of American history is about to disapear forever and that's sad.

Delaware
Posted by Kelly on 10/12/2003, 6:33 pm

Hi, I stumbled upon this site and have been fascinated! I am from the DC area and went to college in western MD, where I first explored modern ruins. Now I live in DE and drive to work every day past 2 beautiful but abandoned houses here in Delaware and I was wondering if anyone has explored any of them. One is on Rt 1 southbound, just as you are coming over the canal bridge. It is an old, large wooden farmhouse on the right, just south of the exit ramp before the toll plaza. The house is clearly abandoned and overgrown, but I think someone still farms the property. Another is a graceful civil war era home that sits high on a hill between Middletown and Odessa on the right side of the Rt 13 as you are travelling south. I saw a re-zoning sign up a few months ago. I am terrified it will be bulldozed by developers - Delaware seems to love to do that. I checked out another one in my neighborhood today, will post pics and send a link soon. I am sure it will be buldozed within the next year - "nice new carriage houses coming soon!"

Re: Delaware
Posted by john on 11/9/2003, 12:55 am, in reply to "Delaware"

Hi Kelly,
I just moved out of Delaware after living there for 7 years. I lived in Odessa and am very familiar with the sites you are referring to. Don't worry about them being bulldozed, they are on the Historic Register. The old farmhouse has been abandoned for quite sometime and dates back to 1890. Will give more info in a later email.

PA Abandoned Railroad - Lewisburg, PA
Posted by Karl Xydexx Jorgensen on 10/13/2003, 8:18 pm

I was up in Pennsylvania this weekend and got some nice pictures of an abandoned railroad bridge. It's completely overgrown with vegetation, just east of Lewisburg, PA. Apparently, the tracks north and south of it on the Lewisburg side of the river are also abandoned.
The tracks west of town (toward Mifflinburg) appear to still be active; there was a long line of boxcars sitting on the track when I went by. OTOH, according to Topozone that line is abandoned further to the west.

question...
Posted by carolina on 10/18/2003, 8:12 am

how do i find out if a place is gov. owned or privately owned? i dont see any obvious signs but i have not seen obvious signs on a diff property and found out later it is gov. owned. anyone know about old mine rd in nj?

Residents
Posted by Jonathan on 10/18/2003, 12:36 pm

Hi... I have been fascinated with Centralia for some time now and I finally visited what is remaining of the town in October 2003. To date, how many people are still living there? I think I only saw three buildings left in the town. I would like to communicate with a remaining resident. Any ideas??? I would welcome e-mail. Thank you.

Winner Brothers Coal Company
Posted by Chris G on 10/19/2003, 1:02 pm

Theres an abandoned strip mine just beyond the frostburg state university campus. from what i can tell it was abandoned in the early 90's but most of the equipment is stil standing. its a really small find, but i thought i would share it with you guys.

Re: Winner Brothers Coal Company
Posted by Kelly on 10/20/2003, 5:16 pm, in reply to "Winner Brothers Coal Company"

Hi Chris,
I am an FSU class of 99 alum. Was just up there for homecoming this weekend. There is a LOT to discover out there. Drive out main street (west, away from cumberland/lavale, etc) and keep going up the mountain and back down. It's a few miles out, but eventually, on your right, there will be this big old abandoned georgian mansion. I sure hope it is still there. Park your car wherever you can (there is a lived-in house next door) and walk around to the back door on the right side (if you are facing the house). You can walk right in. It's been a few years, but I got some great pics in that house. Email me and I will send you a link.

New England Area
Posted by Highlander on 10/20/2003, 5:43 pm

Hey all... I have just explored the Halcyon Hall in Milbrook, NY. AMAZING!!! You REALLY have to watch out as there is a live in grounds keeper with NO sense of humor! Does anyone know of any place to explore in the ME, NH, MA, RI area???? Any help would be great!

Bailey Hall in Katonah, NY
Posted by Missy on 10/31/2003, 2:31 pm

I heard this place burned down... as far as I knew it was an abandonded school that served retarded children (there were some brochures left there).
I used to go there all the time in High School, it was really really scary, but I'm dying to find out more informaiton on the place and can't find it ANYWHERE on the web. I remember we went to the Katonah library once and the people there wouldn't talk to us about it when we asked.
Anyone have any info?

Re: Bailey Hall in Katonah, NY
Posted by john on 11/11/2003, 6:38 am, in reply to "Bailey Hall in Katonah, NY"

That is strange because I encountered the exact same non-response when I asked in the library about it. In fact, when I delved deeper, I found that NOBODY wanted to talk to me about anything to do with that school. I was even told by a Chamber of Commerce member that I am better off not asking questions about it.

Centralia Pennsylvania
Posted by Summer Federer on 11/5/2003, 2:46 pm

Hello,
I work for the National Examiner and we are currently working on a story about Centralia. I am looking for any photos of Centralia from before the fire and of Centralia today.
Please contact me at: summer(at)globefl.com, if you would be interested in supplying us with photos to be used in our story.
Thank you!
Summer Federer
Asst. Photo Editor
The National Examiner

stokes house
Posted by carolina on 11/6/2003, 6:43 pm

anyone having pictures of the stokes house by wallpack center i would love to see them. especially if the pictures are of the home while in good standing. or any pictures of wallpack center area when it was lived in before the tocks island damn project came about....

Finch Hill/ W. Mountain Sanitarium
Posted by ~paisley on 11/8/2003, 7:35 am

I am looking for any information possible about these 2 places. I know WMS is in Scranton and having a teribble time trying to locate it. Finch Hill is supposely 30 minutes from there. Anything anyone could tell me would be great. Thanks!

Re: Finch Hill/ W. Mountain Sanitarium
Posted by ~paisley on 11/20/2003, 2:37 pm, in reply to "Finch Hill/ W. Mountain Sanitarium"

I have great directions to west mountain sanitarium...if anyone would like them you can email me. Thanks~

Tilly Foster Mine Brewster
Posted by Mike on 11/8/2003, 8:34 pm

Does anybody know how to get to the Tilly Foster Mine in Brewster, it is also known as the Satan Caves. I had tried to find the mine over the summer with a friend of mine. We parked by a bridge at a fork on Lower Mine Road and we walked about a mile up an old road that was blocked of with a iron bar gate, but couldn't find anything. Does anybody know if I was in the right area?? Please Help...

Re: Tilly Foster Mine Brewster
Posted by Jim on 12/19/2003, 3:26 pm, in reply to "Tilly Foster Mine Brewster"

Yes.. you were in the right spot. The bridge you refer to crossed the reservoir. The mine was behind the old Simone's Auto Wecking Yard that runs along route 6. You will not be able to enter the mine (now called the quarry)because it is flooded and filled with water. There is little left of what once was the Tilly Foster Mine.

Re: Tilly Foster Mine Brewster
Posted by elliot on 11/22/2003, 10:21 am, in reply to "Tilly Foster Mine Brewster"

Try http://www.ironmines.com you might find some helpful info.

Re: Tilly Foster Mine Brewster
Posted by Tess on 11/13/2003, 7:00 pm, in reply to "Tilly Foster Mine Brewster"

Is this the same as the Tilly Foster Farm? I know there is a farm on the way towards highway 84 in Putnam County.

Re: Tilly Foster Mine Brewster
Posted by Mike on 11/20/2003, 6:53 pm, in reply to "Re: Tilly Foster Mine Brewster"

No I don't believe it is the farm, I know where that is on Route 312, from what I have been told it is located off Stoneleigh Ave on Magnetic Mine Road or off Route 22 on Lower Mine Road...

Re: Tilly Foster Mine Brewster
Posted by Mike on 11/20/2003, 6:53 pm, in reply to "Re: Tilly Foster Mine Brewster"

No I don't believe it is the farm, I know where that is on Route 312, from what I have been told it is located off Stoneleigh Ave on Magnetic Mine Road or off Ro

Paradise Twp. in Monroe Co., PA
Posted by Staci on 11/9/2003, 12:58 pm

While doing property inspections in the Poconos this weekend, I traveled onto Woodland Road (off 611). Every house was boarded up and abandoned. Golf Resort (I believe is Mount Airy Lodge) is boarded up. There was even a gas station boarded up. Weeds were all grown in around the gas pumps. It was very creepy. Does anyone know why this road is completely abandoned except for 1 house that I seen?

Re: Paradise Twp. in Monroe Co., PA
Posted by Tess on 11/13/2003, 6:59 pm, in reply to "Paradise Twp. in Monroe Co., PA"

Mount Airy Lodge, Stricklands Pocono Resort, and Pocono Gardens Resort, all located on Woodland Road, closed back in 2001. The resort went backrupt shortly after the board of health demanded them to clean up the place or shut down immediately. I believe there is still a golf resort there though. I believe it's called Mount Airy Golf Resort.

Re: Paradise Twp. in Monroe Co., PA
Posted by Leah on 12/5/2003, 4:37 pm, in reply to "Re: Paradise Twp. in Monroe Co., PA"

The Golf resort is also now closed. The person who bought the resort could not afford to make the necessary improvements. Mount Airy resort was so bad that it just wasn't worth the money to clean it up.

Re: Paradise Twp. in Monroe Co., PA
Posted by Staci on 11/25/2003, 9:40 am, in reply to "Re: Paradise Twp. in Monroe Co., PA"

All the homes on that road are abandoned as well. Any explanation as to why that would be.

Re: Paradise Twp. in Monroe Co., PA
Posted by Leah on 12/5/2003, 4:35 pm, in reply to "Re: Paradise Twp. in Monroe Co., PA"

I lived in Mount Pocono for most of my childhood and teen years. That whole area changed drastically in the late 1980's and is still very strange. I know that the Mount Airy resort had financial problems, and got into a lot of trouble with the board of health and better business bureau, but I don't know about the homes on that street. Perhaps the problems at Mount Airy were more like contamination problems? Maybe the land or water supply is contaminated?

Re: Paradise Twp. in Monroe Co., PA
Posted by Hillary on 12/15/2003, 8:41 pm, in reply to "Re: Paradise Twp. in Monroe Co., PA"

I know all about the goings on at Mount Airy Lodge. I was a front desk clerk for 7 years and saw and heard everything! We would get visits from the board of health, food safety inspectors, better business bureau, state and local police. There were so many complaints from people, and for good reason. The first few years I was there, it wasn't a bad place to stay or to work at. It was quaint, even romantic.
The decor was outdated, the restaurants served low quality food, guest rooms had broken furniture and bathroom fixtures, there was no recreation, and the place was just down right dirty. We would laugh at the commercials that told people that all they needed to bring to beautiful Mount Airy Lodge was their love of everything. They must have thought that if you brought your love of everything, you would forget about how bad the place was. I can't tell you how many people checked out early and went down the road to Caesar's Pocono Resort.
Believe it or not, we had many celebrities stay in the Lodge! 9 out of 10 celebrities checked out after one night!

Re: Paradise Twp. in Monroe Co., PA
Posted by matt on 12/18/2003, 12:36 am, in reply to "Re: Paradise Twp. in Monroe Co., PA"

celebrities? i'm curious about what famous people stayed there, since i live pretty close.

I Need More Info
Posted by Joey on 11/10/2003, 11:40 pm

well this past saturday me and a couple of my friends went to the abandoned tuburculosis hospital in Glandale and i wanna go back again because theres just something about it, something that dosnt meet the eye. so if anybody could gimme some more information about the place it would be much appreciated. thanx

Re: I Need More Info
Posted by Cyan on 1/21/2004, 4:32 pm, in reply to "I Need More Info"

Do you mean Glendale in Maryland? If so yes, I know bits and pieces of Maryland lore. Let me know if this is what you mean because I do not wish to waste my breath if I am incorect.

Re: I Need More Info
Posted by tonydukes on 1/11/2004, 2:35 pm, in reply to "I Need More Info"

What's the name of the place? And the State of course.

abandoned high school
Posted by john on 11/11/2003, 6:32 am

There is a scary, old abandoned high school on route 9 in Horry County, South Carolina. This high school is called Floyds High School and it looks as if it has been abandoned for decades. the sign out front says class of 1967 and the building is rotting and decaying. I happened to go in there the other day and it was the strangest experience I ever had. I only stayed three minutes because it was so scary. Does anyone have any ifo on what exactly happened to this school ?

Re: abandoned high school
Posted by ab on 12/1/2003, 7:12 pm, in reply to "abandoned high school"

I rode by that place once. it looks like they just decided to shut the place down one day. I remember the board out front too, and the weired thing is I was just thinking about that place today... SC9 is the most depressing highway i've ever been on.


Re: abandoned high school
Posted by john on 12/1/2003, 10:48 pm, in reply to "Re: abandoned high school"

You are so right, SC9 is the most depressing highway ever. It is strange and is very eerie at night. I agree with you about it looking like they just decided to board it up. No reason, no explanation. I cannot get any answers from any public officials in Horry County as to what exactly happened to Floyds High School. I asked a local woman once and she just told me not to ask.

Re: abandoned high school
Posted by ab on 12/2/2003, 1:55 pm, in reply to "Re: abandoned high school"

If you find out what happened let us know! A google search says the school is in Nichols, if that helps, but that's all I could find out.

Re: abandoned high school
Posted by john on 12/2/2003, 10:01 pm, in reply to "Re: abandoned high school"

The school is in Nichols, but trying to find out exactly what happened is very difficult. It seems NOBODY wants to talk about it. I will call the Conway School District tomorrow and inquire. A local resident told me to do that because she pretended not to know what happened. I found that strange because she lives directly across the highway from the school, as she has for the last 50 years ! I will let you know what I find out tomorrow.

Re: abandoned high school
Posted by becKie! on 12/2/2003, 11:28 pm, in reply to "Re: abandoned high school"

wow...i am very interested to hear more about this place! even though ive never even been in the area. glad someone brought it up.

Re: abandoned high school
Posted by john on 12/3/2003, 10:16 pm, in reply to "Re: abandoned high school"

Glad you are interested Beckie, welcome ! Did not get a chance to call the Conway School District today, but I did uncover something strange about the abandoned high school. Rumor has it there was racially motivated murder committed in that high school back in the 1960s. Now the old sign out front says Class of 1967 and I am wondering if that was the year it closed. But the rumor mill says the murder there was what led to its closing. There is still a faint odor of smoke on the inside and I will do more investigating tomorrow. Thanks to those posting here for the interest. Will keep you posted.

Re: abandoned high school
Posted by john on 12/6/2003, 1:06 pm, in reply to "Re: abandoned high school"

Finally found out what happened to Floyds High School. I called the school district and was given the "official" story. It seems that the old high school started decaying in the 1960,s. The high school was built in the late 1890's and was allowed to deteriorate slowly. Finally, in 1967, the building was condemned due to severe structural damage, old age, and very poor maintenance. In the early 80's, a new high school, Green Sea-Floyd's High School was built and is still being used today. Several years after the old high school was closed, someone tried to burn it down. The building still smells of smoke almost 40 years later. As you can see, this official version of the high school's fate differs greatly than what local residents have to say. I will be talking to a former student of the last graduating class as well as a former teacher there to find out the true cause of the schools demise.

Re: abandoned high school
Posted by becKie! on 12/18/2003, 9:19 am, in reply to "Re: abandoned high school"

neato. and weird. glad to hear that explanation (whether its true or not). am interested to hear what other stories you find.

Scary?
Posted by elliot on 11/22/2003, 10:18 am, in reply to "abandoned high school"

No joke, I would like to know what you found scary? Was it the physical condition, or the lack of ambient lighting, or was it a precieved threat of harm by someone hidden from view? I have done alot of exploring in abandoned places but never alone which is helpful in that respect. Some places I have been to I keep my hardhat on. Take steps to protect yourself so you can enjoy rather then be scared and make sure it's legal!

Abandoned ruins/buildings-North, NJ
Posted by Jan Warner on 11/14/2003, 7:32 am

Hi,
I was wondering if anyone knows oif any groups that explore ruins in North, NJ. I am in West Caldwell, NJ and there are several buildins in neighboring towns (Fairfield) that I would like to know what they are? If anyone knows, please e-mail me
Jan

Re: Abandoned ruins/buildings-North, NJ
Posted by Paul on 11/30/2003, 8:34 am, in reply to "Abandoned ruins/buildings-North, NJ"

Having grown up in Caldwell and explored the abandoned hospital in North Caldwell throughout my youth, I was sad to hear that it has been torn down in recent years. That was the ultimate.
But there are some strange old industrial places out in fairfield and an old bible college in Esex Fells that could probably stand more exploring.

Below ground
Posted by elliot on 11/22/2003, 11:11 am, in reply to "Abandoned ruins/buildings-North, NJ"

Try http://www.ironmines.com if you are interested in sites other then above ground. The iron industry of the 1800s was alot bigger then what shows above ground today, and you better hurry because they are disapearing.

In Rememberance
Posted by L on 11/15/2003, 8:48 pm

Ten years ago this week, a good friend of mine was killed by a drunk driver while in New York City with some other friends. She was a wonderful young woman with her entire life ahead of her. With the recent Kings College tragedy still fresh in our minds, my thoughts go to her and her love of Kings College. She was a senior at Kings at the time of her tragic death.
Karin O'Kesson (1972-1993)we miss you!

Re: In Rememberance
Posted by Erin on 11/26/2003, 7:18 pm, in reply to "In Rememberance"

Oh my God, I knew Karin Okesson! Has it really been 10 years? I guess it has, it just still feels so strange. I think about her anytime I go into NYC.
Karin Okesson, rest in eternal peace!

BAILEY HALL, Katonah NY
Posted by MIKE on 11/24/2003, 8:44 am

Anyone know if this place still stands and where it's located??? I live 15 minutes from Katonah and would love to check it out.
THANKS!

ORAK
Posted by elliot on 11/28/2003, 9:22 pm

The ORAK Estate now in ruins was the home of a former V.P. of KARO Corn Products. You can still visit the site legaly because it is in Harriman State Park and not on private land. ORAK is still a "must see".

centralia
Posted by jeff dixon on 12/4/2003, 9:37 pm

Why don't you guys put the fire out. Home Depot has good deals on garden hoses.

Re: centralia
Posted by Sal on 12/15/2003, 8:32 pm, in reply to "centralia"

That isn't funny! I know people who lived in Centralia for many years. If buying a hose at Home Depot was the solution, don't you think they would have tried it?

hi xydexx!
Posted by Rev. Guido DeLuxe on 12/5/2003, 12:41 pm

hey, your web site looks great, and we have more in common than i thought: we're both into examining old abandoned places. there are a lot of old logging camps and railroads here in the pacific northwest, and a fair number of abandoned houses. i go exploring every chance i get.
remember, Tina Chopp is God! don't forget to Sacrifice your Vegetables... 8-)
http://www.ebeneezer.org/

Re: hi xydexx!
Posted by Karl Xydexx Jorgensen on 12/17/2003, 9:01 pm, in reply to "hi xydexx!"

Belated hello to you!

Re: hi xydexx!
Posted by Kassandra on 12/16/2003, 11:19 am, in reply to "hi xydexx!"

I'm glad you found places to explore. Seattle is so congested that I don't believe it contains any abandoned buildings. It would be interesting to see what might be found up in the North Bend/ Snoqualmie areas though. Got a site?
-Kassandra

was there ever an insane asylum in Basin, Wyoming?
Posted by katrina on 12/6/2003, 9:57 pm

I've been to an old, abandoned building that supposedly was the State Insane Asylum before the one now that is in Evanston, Wyoming. I heard that they shut it down because of an asbestos problem...but have found nothing that actually says that and documents it...i know Wyoming is a ways off from New York or the other states posted on your message board, but maybe someone knows of the supposed "insane asylum" that is now abondoned in Basin, Wy

More in PA
Posted by Allen on 12/10/2003, 8:52 pm

I've recently moved to Bradford County, PA. and have heard of an entire town that no longer exists. It was named Laquin, and was located on Barclay Mountain just west of Towanda, PA. I just thought I'd post this to get the word out.

Re: More in PA
Posted by becKie! on 12/18/2003, 9:22 am, in reply to "More in PA"

never heard of it. although i'm not as familiar w/ bradford county. i'll start asking around. that would be really fun to find out about.

Re: More in PA
Posted by becKie! on 12/19/2003, 3:03 pm, in reply to "Re: More in PA"

laquin -n- another nearby ghost town barclay both listed here:
http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/pa/pa.html
my uncle ended up being familiar w/ both...he used to go metal detecting there. the only real remains of the one town is the cemetery which i cannot wait to check out. i plan on going in the spring if not before (i need to go to towanda soon anyways if the weather is decent).
so if you hadnt already found it...hope that helps some! =)