With Halloween approaching, it’s time to dig out the list of my favorite abandonments and haunts!
Hillside Nursing Home
Hillside Nursing Home consisted of Parkside and Oakside Nursing Home, the former located in a decrepit cinder block structure, the latter in a very old former residence. Residing on a hill in Cincinnati, one only has to imagine the deaths and horrors that happened in this decrypt and neglected nursing home when it was open.
The ‘gears and cogs’ of preservation groups in this historic river town may turn this long-disused hospital into a vibrant apartment community.
Of course, the former Hayswood Hospital has been the host of numerous ghostly tales since its closure, hosting paranormal group gatherings where the spiritual seek out the ghosts of the institution. According to several accounts, a woman carrying a baby was seen walking through the nursery area of the hospital. The woman, having died in labor, was soon followed by the newborn. Others have reported seeing doctors in the hallways and hearing the cries of its former patients, along with spotting lights in the windows. And the few have reported seeing strange markings in the basement that bestow a threatening hostility on whoever walks or drives by.
“You can see her walking through halls with a dead baby in her hands. It freaks me out.”
Waverly Hills Tuberculosis Hospital
Waverly Hills was constructed in 1926 as a tuberculosis hospital, however, modern advances in medicine deemed the center obsolete by 1961. It reopened two years later as the Woodhaven Geriatrics Center, an elderly home, but was finally closed in 1981. Today, it is being renovated through the assistance of donations.
The goal is to create a haunted bed and breakfast. To help offset the cost and continue general renovations, tours are offered that starts in the renovated Laundry room and concludes with a tour of the entire complex, including the famed ‘Death Tunnel’. A night-time ‘ghost hunting’ tour is also given.
Weston State Hospital
It seems as if Weston State Hospital is seeing some daylight at the end of its dark and rather stormy past. From a Civil War that held up construction to fires and extreme overcrowding, the once ‘remote’ asylum for the insane in West Virginia now stands essentially frozen in suspended animation. Recent renovations have stablized the roof and improvements are being considered to restore the large hospital into a ‘National Museum of the Civil War’, among other uses.
Daily heritage tours are available for both small and large groups. They also offer ghost tours and a witches ball. More information can be found here.