Abandoned Places

There's no official statistic proving it, but Connecticut might just lead the nation in supposedly haunted and abandoned mental health facilities. Here's another one, this time in the heart of the state, just off the Berlin Turnpike.
Getting inside the abandoned sections of this mental hospital is said to be pretty difficult. Lucky for me, I ran into a bored and amicable State Trooper.
Atop Mohawk Mountain sits a curious stone tower that has looked out over the Litchfield Hills for nearly a century.
One of the most renowned damned places in Connecticut is the abandoned -- and allegedly cursed -- village of Dudleytown. Over the years, there has allegedly been everything from suicides to demonic possessions, ghostly spirits to dreadful feelings, and all the hysterical drama in between. In short, it has become the Connecticut damnation destination.
For over 60 years, Fairfield Hills State Hospital in Newtown was home to the mentally ill. Now it sits empty and abandoned, holding only the dark secrets of its troubled residents who are long gone. Or so everyone wants to believe.
Bolton is home to Gay City State Park, which features the remains of a once-thriving—and possibly, troubled—mill town. Not that there's anything wrong with it.
We finally venture to Tarrywile Park to visit Hearthstone Castle in all its overgrown glory.
We've all seen it while driving along either Route 8 or I-84 through Waterbury: the huge crucifix high atop Pine Hill. Many already know about it, but the 50-foot high cross marks the spot that was once Holy Land USA. UPDATE: We make the pilgrimage to Holy Land and return bearing numerous photos.
East Haddam is home to an abandoned village that once was home to a thriving mill and almost became a Victorian Era tourist attraction.
One of the lesser-known sites in Connecticut is the Little Genesee Settlement. Genesee is a dual curiosity -- an abandoned Colonial-era settlement and potentially an astronomical calendar or spiritual complex of sorts.
Another summer passes and aside from a few trespassing artists, the former popular destination that was Pleasure Beach continues to be like a ghost town, slowly rotting away.
In its heyday, the Mansfield Training Center was one of the busiest mental health facilities in the state. Now some believe the buildings that remain are still busy -- with the spirits of patients long gone.
A river runs under it -- and by it, we mean Hartford. But for centuries, the Park River (aka Hog River), was above ground and accessible to all.
Before it was known as a creepy abandoned mental hospital, Seaside Sanatorium was a place that employed unusual methods to cure sick kids.
Once a children's hospital, and later a facility for the mentally challenged, Seaside Sanatorium in Waterford has been abandoned for over a decade, despite its architectural pedigree and prime location. Update: We visited Seaside in April 2011.
During its heyday, the Sterling Opera House had its share of famous entertainers visiting and fat ladies singing. Now it's gaining a reputation for ghostly spirits haunting. Update: We visit the Sterling Opera House to see if Andy wants to come out and play ...
Undercliff Sanatorium in Meriden is another in the long line of creepy, abandoned mental hospitals in Connecticut.
Unbeknownst to many citizens of Connecticut, there are a few odd things below the surfaces of our favorite lakes.