Tuesday, September 21, 2010

PennHurst to Open "Asylum Haunted House"

PennHurst State School and Hospital, a former institution for the mentally disabled, is now a "haunted house", causing an uproar among advocates for those who were once patients there.

Located in Spring City, PA, the new entertainment site was once home to over a thousand people who were abused and neglected. Despite the hospital's exploitation, those running the new business are employing 95 people and hoping to attract thousands of visitors.

I'm not sure I would want to visit the place as a "haunted house", but I would definitely like to see it as a historical place. Why are there no daytime tours? Perhaps they could open the building as a museum of sorts and collect money that way as well.

Ghost Adventures did a memorable show on PennHurst last season. See a clip from the show here.

You can read the article about the controversy here. Also, some amazing urban exploration photos of the place from 2008 can be found here.

Thanks to my sister, Lynn, who sent me the info on this place!

Zak Bagans at PennHurst

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