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St Albans Sanatorium

6248 University Park Dr, Radford, Virginia 24141 USA

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Opens Fri 9a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
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“Are you afraid of the golf”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner.

The history of the land that St Albans was built on begins in 1775 with The Draper Meadow Massacre. This murder of five people, including an infant child, set the tone for the darkness that has become the legacy of the imposing complex. The St. Albans Lutheran Boys School was built in 1892, and quickly developed a reputation for being a rough and competitive school where bullying was not only condoned, it was encouraged. Many young men were "lost" during the years the school was active, with quite a few of those deaths ruled to be suicide.
 
By 1916, the St. Albans Lutheran Boys School had been converted into the St. Albans Sanitarium for the mentally ill. By many standards, St. Albans was a superior hospital for the time period, but that certainly didn't stop many of its patients from dying at the hands of their doctors, professionals who had become notorious for performing experimental treatments on the unstable.

Even though the hospital has been closed for many, many years, there's still evidence of the bizarre medical practices on every floor. The Hydrotherapy rooms are still intact with their giant, tiled bathtubs, and here and there, rusted gurneys and broken wheelchairs lay strewn about. Many of the offices still have patients' folders, images, personal effects, and some of the rooms still display hand-drawn artwork on the walls, evidence of the people who once unwilling resided there.

The roof garden, where patients might have gone to soak up some sunshine in the afternoon, is covered over with a thick mesh to stop anyone from jumping to their death. One room located at the far back of the women's ward, nicknamed the "suicide room," has witnessed at least four people take their own lives in the small, attached bathroom.

By 1945, the hospital had treated 6509 patients, but unfortunately the staff only numbered 48. By the 90s, St. Albans could no longer stay up-to-date, and closed its doors forever.

The stories of strange happenings at St. Albans have given the abandoned hospital the tittle of "most haunted location on the east coast," and today guests are invited to take tours as well as year-round paranormal investigations.

There are so many spirits who are rumored to haunt St. Albans that tour staff have lost count over the years. One of the most famous ghosts is that of a little girl who is said to haunt the underground bowling alley. Many believe she may have been the daughter of one of the patients who died while living at the hospital. Other unexplainable activity includes the sound of disembodied voices, strange shadows darting through the empty halls, and strange signs that investigators believe point to the spirits of the women still trapped in the "suicide room".

Private investigations of the building are a bit pricey, starting at $600 for groups who want to spend the night exploring the winding structure. However, public tours are also available from April through September for a much more modest price, and will run you anywhere between $15 to $20. -Roadtrippers

Saint (St) Albans Sanatorium is a historical facility that began life in 1892 as a Lutheran boys' school.
The school closed in 1911 and reopened in 1916 as an institution to treat the mentally ill. 120 year old abandoned mental hospital with stories of dark phantoms, appritions and all sorts of haunts!
Private ghost hunts are available year-round. Public tours are available from April through September.
See our website for more information.

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Dana Newkirk

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April 7, 2014

I had the chance to spend an entire afternoon exploring the whole building, and it was an amazing opportunity. If you have the chance to take part in the public tours I absolutely suggest you do, especially the ghost hunt! There have been countless first-hand experiences with full-bodied apparitions, shadow people, and even rumors of levitating objects. There are quite a few memorable places at the hospital, the basement bowling alley is one, and is rumored to be haunted by the spirit of a little girl. Another is the last bathroom on the women's ward, where three girls committed suicide while at the hospital, it is believed to be one of the most haunted areas in the building. Finally, make sure you get to see the rooftop "garden" that came equipped with a dome cage to stop patients from jumping to the ground below.

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St Albans Sanatorium

6248 University Park Dr
Radford, Virginia
24141 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
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