Norwich State Hospital, Preston

June, 2010 by Ray Bendici
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The Damned Story: Throughout its nearly 100-year history as a facility to treat the mentally troubled, Norwich State Hospital has seen more than its share of horrific suffering, traumatic events and senseless tragedies. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that the grounds are purported to be haunted by the tortured souls who were sent there seeking better health but instead found eternal pain.

The original facility was built in 1904 on 100 scenic acres along the Thames River on a site that apparently was an ancient Native American village. (Sound familiar?) Christened as the Norwich State Hospital for the Insane, it originally was comprised of two buildings for patients and a cottage for doctors. Over the decades, more building were added and the property was expanded; at its peak, the campus was over 470 acres and included over 30 buildings, many of which were connected by underground tunnels. The hospital's population started with a few dozen declared by the courts to be "criminally insane," but steadily grew to the point that at various times there were hundreds of patients (murderers, drug addicts, violent offenders, etc.) being "treated" here throughout most of the 20th century.

The first documented misfortune was a patient who hanged himself in 1914, but many more unfortunate deaths would follow. A hot water heater explosion in 1919 killed two employees; another employee was killed trying to cross the road; a nurse killed herself at her home; multiple patients died during their sentences or while undergoing treatment. Many more died shortly after release following a "successful" stay, usually in tragic or violent manners.

One of the most notorious buildings was Salmon Hall, which was the maximum-security facility and where some of the most dangerous residents were kept. One of the hospital's original buildings, it essentially became a prison with bars over the windows, steel doors and cell-like rooms. It was witness to many severe incarcerations and unpleasant events until it was shut down in 1971.

If the population at Norwich State Hospital wasn't troubled enough already, over the years there were numerous published reports and investigations into cruelties inflicted by the staff, including beatings, starvings, sexual abuses, overly harsh restraints, prolonged confinements and even the occasional patient being packed in ice! Not exactly an environment conducive for wellness.

Norwich State Hospital was officially closed as a treatment facility in 1996 and its remaining patients were transferred to other facilities around the state. Since then, the gorgeous grounds and former stately buildings have sat vacant as the state of Connecticut and the town of Preston have struggled to resolve what is to become of the property. Because of its desirable location on the Thames right across from Mohegan Sun, numerous developers have been interested in it, but despite proposals for everything from a movie studio to a residential and commercial complex, no actual deal has come to fruition. Apparently, the cost to clean up the property is a fairly significant stumbling block to eventual development.

As you might imagine, because of the numerous horrors and untimely deaths, many believe the property to be haunted. It seems an especially fertile spirit-hunting ground as essentially every kind of paranormal experience has been allegedly witnessed here, from reports of ghostly shapes and disembodied voices to foreboding feelings and EVPs. Oh, and plenty of spirit orbs and other unexplained mists/shapes have been recorded, also.

Among the numerous paranormal groups that have investigated the property, the Ghost Hunters visited there in May 2010, and recorded a few interesting experiences, including allegedly seeing various odd shadows, hearing multiple creepy noises and encountering objects that randomly moved. You can watch the episode on their website.

Last time we checked, after buying the site from the state for $1 -- yes, you read that correctly -- the town of Preston was attempting to find the funding necessary to start demolishing the buildings and cleaning up the grounds. Currently, the town seems to be leaning toward not developing the land and making it open space for everyone to enjoy.

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For a well-researched and detailed history of Norwich State Hospital, check out Donald Carter's Connecticut's Seaside Ghosts.

Our Damned Experience: We visited Norwich State Hospital in April 2010, or should I say we attempted to visit. We drove on to the grounds, got out of our car and started taking pictures but within five minutes, two security guards appeared. As you might expect, they explained to us in no uncertain terms that trespassing is not allowed, and we were very politely asked to leave.

However, as the friendly guards told us -- and honestly, the security team couldn't have been nicer considering we were trespassing -- there was nothing preventing us from taking pictures from the road or from the commuter lot next door, as we did and you can see in the gallery below.

As you can tell from the images, the place is in complete disrepair. Dilapidated buildings are shuttered and nothing resembling maintenance has been done in ages. Overall, very creepy.

We didn't experience anything unusual, but then again, we weren't there long enough to have anything happen.

If You Go: The remaining buildings of the former Norwich State Hospital are at the junction of routes 2 and 12 in Preston, right on the banks of the Thames River directly across from Mohegan Sun Resort Casino.

Absolutely NO trespassing is allowed; the grounds are under constant surveillance and are actively guarded by a private security company hired by the town, and they will immediately escort you from the property as soon as you set foot there.

Unfortunately, you can't get in there anymore by faking crazy and being interred (a la Nellie Bly), which is probably not a bad thing.

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Comments

Submitted by hootar (not verified) on
I've been there a few times. It's a shame, a few years ago some kids started a camp fire that got out of hand and ever since security has been much more serious. The first time I went I walked right up and asked if I could look around, the guard said just to stay in his sight. An often overlooked part of Norwich State is the small residential district across the street and further up the road(heading into Norwich itself). Its an entirely abandoned neighborhood where the doctors raised their families. There's even a sizeable school complete with boxes of graded assignments from the 70s and 80s! It is absolutely state property though, and all the recent stories I've heard have lead to the State Police being called.

Submitted by Kate (not verified) on
Steve, Stop being so hyper-sensitive and crying about how offended you are over the "Damned Story." The purpose of this post was certainly not to demonize mental health care workers, but to relay very true, yet very sick and sad events of the past that encircle this place of interest. If you are interested in learning more about this story, why don't you take the author's book recommendation and read Connecticut's Seaside Ghosts? Things like this have happened throughout history, which is unfortunate, but there is a lot of evil that exists in this world. I am sorry that you are so overly sensitive that you get offended by historical events.

Just to clarify, the Kate who commented above is not the Kate who runs this web site!

Submitted by Steve DePolito (not verified) on
Your "Damned Story" is offensive and insulting to every employee who devoted their working lives to the humane and dignified treatment of the mentally ill.

Submitted by Chris (not verified) on
The story is slightly inaccurate. I personally feel that (whomever) wrote the article doesn't have a complete understanding that medical treatment has changed throughout the years of Norwich State Hospital. Most websites mention the same treatment and (mis)treatment of Patients. Treatments like being "packed in Ice" "sheet restraints" etc were all in the earlier years of mental health. As time went on at the facility the overall standard for treatment had also changed. More experienced individuals had made advances in performance on site. Every institution has recorded deaths. Current hospitals in New England to this day have deaths, This doesn't mean they were tortured. Medicine and therapy has evolved in time as well. It's only logical to assume that by 1996 there weren't 100's off people being beaten etc. It's all rather invalid. No mention of the caring people who worked there day to day trying there best to comfort the mentally ill. I doubt "Steve" was being overly sensitive, He in fact knows first-hand how things were at the hospital prior to closing. Mis-represented is the word I would use for the "Damnedstory" above. It doesn't seem logical to say that torture of any kind could be succeeded with no documentation and no repercussions to the individuals involved. Research,Research,Research.

Submitted by JM (not verified) on
Ok so all whining aside, has anyone witnessed any paranormal activity or actually ventured around inside? If this is one of the most haunted places in CT, some justification of this would be nice.

Submitted by kate (not verified) on
Julia- I think you need to do YOUR research.

Submitted by MC (not verified) on
So I just read this on AOL news that hepatitis was injected into male mental patients in Middletown and Norwich by doctors for experiments and how to cure diseases. Found it interesting since many people don't believe that experiments were performed on patients. It's a long article that also talks about how this was done in prisons and other facilities as well. I can't remember the name but if you search for it it's something like government doctors and experiments.

MC -- Found the article you mentioned on the Washington Post's website <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/27/AR2011022700988.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/27/AR2011022700988.html</a> Just deplorable!

Submitted by Horace (not verified) on
-In federally funded studies in the 1940s, noted researcher Dr. W. Paul Havens Jr. exposed men to hepatitis in a series of experiments, including one using patients from mental institutions in Middletown and Norwich, Conn. Havens, a World Health Organization expert on viral diseases, was one of the first scientists to differentiate types of hepatitis and their causes.

Submitted by kady (not verified) on
To all, believe what you want about certain places. Terrible things like this have happened all over in early facilities. So no matter if the events said to have happened here actally occured or not, they did somewhere. No one will ever truly know what happened because guess what, people lie.

Submitted by MC (not verified) on
so does anyone know if it's real difficult to get in there now because I was hoping to go before they tore it all down.

Submitted by kate (not verified) on
i have no ideaaa...i was heading up there and messed up my ankle and got ankle surgery so my visit was postponed. Im probably going to go really soon. Ill email you about it after i go if you want to send me an email. Mine is [email protected]

Submitted by Julia (not verified) on
You have not done your research, would love to see citations for this article. A lot sounds like hersay and doesn't make you as a writer creditable. I don't think you realize how offensive this article is to the residents of the area. You forgot to mention what the patients themselves did to the staff! Did you ever consider that? Additonally, If you do scholary research, you will also find that norwich state hospital was highly regarded for research in the era and even condemned lobotomy something that was widely done! I recommend scholastic journals you can look up at the library. Ghost hunter's is also crap. Yet to find any documentation of any of the characters they had on their episode. As regarding to the site being haunted, I've frequented often and years ago when the security was low i'd walk my dog there- It is a sight heavy with energy, some of the energy is friendly, curious and others are heavy depending where you walk. Respect the place. I don't understand why people say horrible things about it and then go searching for those poor "tortured" spirits. I've seen windows and bricks fly off buildings and some of the ground is hollow and pavement will have HUGE gaps. Its really not a safe place if you MUST go- don't go alone.

Submitted by MC (not verified) on
The article is horrific us medical experiments come to light

Submitted by leahc860 (not verified) on
It's nearly impossible now. They resurrected new chain link surrounding the building and it is much more heavily patroled by the purchasing company. They have a real budget to afford it rather then the town that didn't prior. They have alarms now at all the old entry points that were commonly used and patrol those more often. There are a ton of sites that tell you "how to get in" using the old train tracks as a guide to the old oil tanks that are located right on the river. If you are on the train tracks you are not tresspassing on the hospital property but you are tresspassing on the train tracks which is a bigger offense. That back way is alarmed now and well lit, whereas it used to be pitch black and patroled rarely. I did spend an hour in a darn bush one night with a spotlight sweeping over me. They knew I was there. I knew they knew I was there. There were ten of us traipsing around that night in the tunnels and we were not the quietest bunch. Walking past a window the security guards flipped their headlights on me. After being in the dark with a pen light for two hours it may as well have been a spotlight. I was blind and running after nearly tinkling myself. It was a matter of time before we went down the back path. We were not vandalizing or breaking anything just exploring so they didn't really hate us. They just wanted to inconvenience us for a while sitting on the cold ground. They drove off after a while and we scampered back the way we came. We made it to the fall out shelter, the bowling alley, several rec rooms, the small auditorium, several miles of the tunnels, shower rooms, patient rooms and the chapel. It was the first time I had been in since I was sixteen (when we used to go all the time) and the difference in the state of the buildings and tunnels was astounding. Such a shame to see such amazing architecture. @Julia....you don't know as much as you think you do. They did water therapy there....were the founding inventors of it. That is not a nice method of therapy at all. They also only denounced lobotomies after many many failed attempts on both adults and children. You knew they housed children there right. In the same building just a few floors above extremely dangerous predators and killers. Also, unwed mothers that were abandoned by their families were housed there. The women deemed insane to avoid family shame. Insane women were also not allowed to keep their children. Where they got shipped no one knows. It was the times. That is what they did. They were pioneers to some and butchers to others. Did they make strides for the better in the medical industry? Yes they certainly did. Were the doctors and nurses and various other staff in danger. Yes they were. It is all in the eye of the beholder as to what opinion you may have about "procedures?" No it's not. They kept treatments a secret from families in those days. They held children, women, murderers, personality disorders, rapists, Jews, rascists, theives....do I need to go on? They had innocent people in there. They had evil people in there. They did the same treatments on children that they did on rapists. If the families knew i am pretty sure they would know the difference between torture, research, and therapy....at least to some degree. You should read some of the journals you allude to. I did. It's not very pretty. The public certainly have reason to think that there could be some angry and terrorized souls clinging to the place.

Submitted by Sherry (not verified) on
Hello all, I just came back from Norwich, CT. Yes the place is still heavily guarded. I just wanted to let you know the pictures that you did manage to take DONOT credit the pure evil creepiness of this huge sad place. I am amazed that they don't allow investigators in at some time of the year. Imagine the money Preston could make. I have to say that the place took my breath away. Each time we passed thru, I felt like weeping.

Submitted by Nicole (not verified) on
whats the worst thing that happends if you get caught?

Submitted by judith (not verified) on
I got in on Halloween 2010, yes there are fences all around the property but they are accessable to the grounds. Most of the tunnels are collapsed and there is only 1 alarm that I know of which is in the addmisions building. Can't wait to go back and hopefully be able to spend more time there. It's a very cool place......

Submitted by cody (not verified) on
Can you still get in there?

Submitted by Nicole (not verified) on
this is sooo cool. this hospital is absolutly amazing. its a piece of history. i want to go inside and get a little taste of what they went through when the "insane" were there. im fasinated by this peice of land!!

Submitted by leahc860 (not verified) on
They can't let investigators in. The asbestos is rotting and falling off. The floors are slick with it. We went in without any sort of breathing protection and my lungs were on fire for a week after the fact. There were no signs of animals living in there. That is a sure sign that air quality is horrendous even with all of the broken windows circulating air. The tunnels are the worst for air as well as danger. A lot of the floor boars are rotting out so one wrong step could really do some bodily damage. The place is now privately owned and they are slapping people with everything they can to discourage the trespassing. They have removed all the old entrance points...they can google search just like the rest of us so they know how people were filtering in and they have squashed all those spots. Last I heard they had slapped someone with not only trespassing but also: breaking and entering, destruction of private property, vandalism and theft. Most of that would be dropped in court probably but the hassle of going to court is pretty immense. Lots of stress involved.

If you think the distruction of this hospital is bad, you should have seen the original mental hospital in Norwich. It consisted of a three story, red brick building,with one door and no windows. It was at the end of Asylum Street towards the river and the where the old coal tipple use to be. I was a patient at the hospital for ten years and can say that the nurses and doctors were wonderful. Before modern medication and treatments, how do you suppose medical people treated sever mental illness? My old Irish Grandmother, who was also Bi Polar, use to try to beat the devil out of me. That was her best treatment for me. I am glad I can see so much improved treatments for my great grandchildren.

Submitted by David (not verified) on
Back in 2007, I almost was cleared to do a restoration project on this site with part of my construction company. We were close to nailing the project down and getting it cleared for resotration. Before we had the chance to do anything our insurance was cut for the project and we were not allowed to build. This place directly oversees Mohegan Sun Casino, which is why people have valued the land and real estate, but there is not a lot anyone is willing to do. While working with the surveyor and the several other facets I had to walk the site many times. I can say that the surrounding woods give this place an eerie touch, and the fearing fences around it cause the myths. There is so much stuff left all around the site, including tools, furniture and even some food (clearly not edible). The place looks like many people just got up and left it, but supposedly there had been a short period of time where the state notified the establishment of it's closing, so those who were in charged didn't care what happened. After walking the site, both during day and night, I can honestly say this place is not normal, clearly there is something weird about this place. I've never been more uneasy in a site then here. We had to be escorted by private security because the site apparently people will break in at night. Now it is heavily guarded, with police on anyside. Their is a rail way not far from it, which is how most people get near it, but I'd advise much of the structure is not safe for surveillence.

Submitted by Emily (not verified) on
Next to the hospital on rt 12 going into norwich is a beautiful big abandoned house, behind this is a dirt road leading to an entire neighborhood of abandoned houses behind the hospital. obviously its part of the state hospital property, but i just thought it was odd that it's residential houses, probably about thirty of them. it's easy to get to, if you live in the area, just walk up when the security vehical isn't there, if you don't, theres a foxwoods parking lot that i'm assuming you can park at

Submitted by Rich Taber (not verified) on
My family and ancestors have a long history of this seething, brooding institution perched on the banks of the Thames River. The first three years of my life in the mid fifties I lived on a small farm located next to the hospital, down on the river banks which was eventually demolished for the construction of the Mohegan-Pequot bridge in the 1960's. My mother and her siblings were raised in a house immediately next to the hospital; I am not sure if it is still standing or not, as I have not lived anywhere near there in over 30 years. After World War II, my dad went to work there for about the next 35 years as an emergency maintenance mechanic. My oldest half sister worked there as a nurse back in the late 1950's, and her dad worked there his whole life and lived on the grounds there as well. Even some of my relatives actually spent time there as patients. It was always the creepiest of places to me, especially when patients would frequently go off the grounds and peer into our house windows,and then they would be freely roaming the streets of downtown Norwich. But the thing to remember is that this institution was not unlike such institutions all over, and in time they changed for the better, or were closed. Today, this place is a rotting hulk of toxic waste. I even went there a couple years ago to look over the old hood, when I was promptly whisked off the property by security. I told them I just wanted to go down to the river, but nope, I was told to get out. If anyone would like to see this place, at least in a fictional mode, the author Wally Lamb, from that area, wrote a book, "I Know This Much if True", and he used the Norwich State Hospital for much of his novel's setting.

Submitted by Kelsi (not verified) on
I have been in most of these buildings. As soon as you walk into any of them you get an overwhelming feeling of sadness. Most of the buildings are far from safe. That is why they do not let anyone go inside. I know that this place is "haunted" by many spirits that once lived behind the walls of this hospitol. I believe that even after they tear down the buildings, the grounds where they once stood will forever belong to these spirits.

Submitted by asylumghost (not verified) on
I've been going to this place for the past 9 years. Many things have been experienced at my time here. However when I go here a calm seems to come over me. Not an uneasiness but just relaxation. Alarms in power house and Admin, be safe whoever explores here

Submitted by A (not verified) on
Just an FYI for those venturing in--be careful in the tunnels. Everywhere else is obviously safe or unsafe, but the tunnels can be deceptive. I won't tell you how to get in or anything, but please use caution. Good luck. As long as you're respectful of the property and its history, I say visit. It's extremely moving, especially the children's building during the summer when the floors are various flora. And honestly. Why is everyone fighting? There were monsters and saints there. Just like everywhere. It's a sad place for many reasons, many of whom are still living homeless in Norwich. Dont go to be a voyeur or to be a thrillseeker, go to pay your respects to the past and try to take a lesson back, even if it's just that you wish the beautiful marble lobby of the admin building had been preserved.

Submitted by Emily (not verified) on
I drive past this every day to get home, and ive noticed that theyre putting new windows on the main building. Has anybody heard of the most recent redevelopment plans? I really hope they dont tear it down, and this seems like a good sign that they will try to salvage wwhat they ca. With arcjetecture like that, and a history so personal I find it a shame that it could get torn down and destroyed. Let us know if anybody knows whats going on!

I worked security at Norwich in 09. Its where I met the love of my life actually. It is wicked creepy very dangerous but alot of fun. No more guards although cameras are in place. Hit this spot before its gone!

Submitted by ANH (not verified) on
Although it's a bit late in the game, I want to point out that Steve DePolito is completely right. And not only that, but he deserves to point out your misinformation and ignorance -- he's a former staff member of Norwich State Hospital. So before you go getting all high and mighty, thinking you're the authority on a property you know nothing about -- if you did know something about the former State Hospital, you'd know that it's NOT haunted -- shut your mouths and think for a second.

Submitted by Tamatha (not verified) on
I lived in Norwich back in 1990. That hospital was closed up then. I believe it was emptied several years before that. People in Norwich used to talk about how horrible it was when they closed the hospital. Most of those patients were simply released and became the homeless of Norwich and Groton at the time. The property itself is beautiful. I often wished I could figure out a way to buy pieces of the property and restore some of those buildings. For me, the only thing that made the place creepy was the fact that those buildings are there, abandoned. We left Norwich in 1992, and returned to live in Groton in 2006. I still loved driving past that property. It's a shame that it's circled by fences now. It ruins the view. But I had heard it was necessary because of the shape of the property, to keep people from getting hurt. Also, there is lead paint and asbestos in there. Not really a good idea to go creeping around that place now.

Submitted by Dlrowe (not verified) on
I'm doing a research project on the Norwich State hospital for school, I was wondering if anyone could share there experience with me. Whether you had a family member there or worked there, security guard or someone who just went exploring. Would love any information you can tell me! You can email me at [email protected] Thanks so much!!

Submitted by asylumghost (not verified) on
Can easily tell that story was made up. Why? Kettle has no swinging doors visible from the front of it only one on the side near the commuter lot. Only building until recently that had power was the security building. Powerhouse had a panel box but nothing to the extent of what she said. Third, there has never been a fiesta by any of the security that has been there. Ask me how I know :)

Submitted by Rich Taber (not verified) on
Yeah, I thought that story was a little ridiculous, too. I have an earlier post where I mentioned that much of my extended family had long term associations with this hospital, either as workers, or neighbors. I always thought the joint was a little creepy, but this one was a little far fetched.

Submitted by OnceMrsB (not verified) on
I used to live in Groton, where my ex-husband was stationed at the sub school. I am not a real believe in creepy events and ghosts stories are for kids- however. I did experience very scary things while around the hospital. First, I was driving from Norwich to Groton, very late at late-early morning. As I got near to the main building of the hospital, coming up to the casino's over flow parking lot, I suddenly went blind. I couldn't see anything at all, everything was in a white fog on what was before a clear night. Before I could scream, the steering wheel was jerked from my hands and my car swerved towards the main building. (I have chills and shakes just from typing about it) I was sobbing and jerked the car back the other direction, and ended up flooring it past the main building to the over flow. As soon as the car was closer to the parking lot of the casino, I could see again. I looked in the review mirror- and I don't really care if you believe me or not, I know what I saw and what I experienced- I saw in the mirror a darkm shadowy figure, darker than the night, darker than any shadow I have ever seen shutting the door. I don't care if that door has been locked since 96 when it was shut down, I know I saw that damned door swing shut. The second part was when I had told my ex-sis-in-law about this experience she wanted to go. She came to visit us with two of her friends and they bullied me into going. I refused to do it except in the middle of the day. We managed to drive on the property with no problem and headed straight towards the river. There was still working lights in some of the buildings and you could see furniture and papers everywere in some of the windows. I will always remember this once office, at the corner of a building, had plants growing inside of it like Jumangi. We went around and saw the swing set and I was hit with such a crushing feeling of anger and saddness I could barely breathe. Suddenly as we were getting out of the car, we ALL heard a woman scream- a scream that makes my mouth dry just remembering it. We crawled over eachother to get back in the car and that was in the security guard- a rather fat man in a white Feista- showed up and told us that we would have to leave. I made sure that I never EVER drove by that place again alone.

Submitted by Shay (not verified) on
Hay is it true that there is a room with A chair in it. If you kicked the chair down that it would stand right back up? Is that true?

Submitted by Shay (not verified) on
Isn't the place heavly garded?

Submitted by David (not verified) on
I was there last night and there are many rooms with chairs just staring out the windows lead paint asbestos big concrete slabs blocking the way into the tunnels. The easiest way to get in is the second floor windows

Submitted by AJ (not verified) on
Wasn't the autistic son of author Jacqueline Susann living there at one time?

Submitted by Mush (not verified) on
The place looks scary as any abandoned place does, but it is NOT haunted. How do I know...because I lived there for 23 years! My dad was a doctor there and I grew up on the grounds. I've been in practically every building and most tunnel of that property at pretty much every hour of the night you could imagine! Makes for a great story, but that's all it is. Don't judge a book by its cover, I knew all the families throughout the years that lived on the grounds and though some were "not cool", most were caring people who treated others with respect and enjoyed their jobs and their lives. Have fun with the stories, but I am telling you the facts....

Submitted by Barry (not verified) on
I was in a condition I describe as a Narcotic, Magic mushrooms and Alcohol induced temporarilly insanity when I was picked up by The Old Lyme police dept while off duty from working at Millstone Nuclear Power Plant during a refueling shutdown in 1981 . I expected the police were going to bring me to jail to sleep it off and possibly arrested for breach of peace charge, Instead I was taken to Norwich State Mental Hospital during the year 1981. Being injected with Thorzine after I tried to escape their custody I was held over night. The next day I had a meeting with the Phsyc Doctor on duty. i Was on a relapse from Drugs and alcohol after a 11 month clean time experience. I had to Sign a statement stating I would re-enter a Sobriety program intended for a drug and alcohol treatment program within 90 Days or I could have been arrested for perjury since the goverment document I signed was wittnessed and signed by witness that the info was in fact true. I have the uppermost praise for Norwich State Employees as I Have been in recovery from Both narcotics and alcohol for the last 28 Years and I am leading a Normal life being a productive member of Society again.

Submitted by CC (not verified) on
JM....I used to live in the now abandoned building on the same lot as the school. It was called Martin House. For those struggling with different issues. I have witnessed several things while I was there for 8 months. So, for someone with first hand experience about the place, I am one of them and can honestly say that, yes, the Norwich State Hospital Grounds are haunted. CC

Submitted by Ryan (not verified) on
My friends and I have been four different times. We come through the back way on the train tracks in the dead of night to avoid security (it's not patrolled 24/7, the state cannot afford that kind of security). The first trip we just walked around the campus, nothing weird happened then. The second time I was with just one other person and a drunk woman crashed her car on Route 12. She stumbled onto the campus, face bruised and bleeding, not responding to us yelling. We eventually managed to contact her husband and get her to a hospital. What are the odds of a severe accident at the hospital on the same misty rainy night that two teenagers decided to explore? Paranormal? It's possible. Weird things continued to occur on our third visit. As we were walking around the Seymour (back left corner if looking from the road) we heard a dog barking and what sounded like a metal leash dragging behind us. The noises went off and on for about ten minutes before we left that specific area. The fourth visit was by far the scariest. As we were in the third story Galt building (back left corner building, same as where the dog noises occurred) my friends and I were throwing chairs out of one window. We were just horsing around. The frame of the entire window was hanging by a thread and looked like it was going to fall off. The window, however, shot straight up into the air without being provoked. The window never came down; it just shot straight into the air and vanished. I kid you not, this actually happened as unbelievable as it sounds. We fled the campus and haven't returned since. Our fifth and FINAL visit will be fully recorded. I personally never believed in supernatural/paranormal activity; but these visits to this abandoned historical landmark have certainly altered my views. Feel free to email me for more details on my previous visits.

Submitted by Ryan (not verified) on
by the way, you can contact me (Ryan) at [email protected] or Mike at [email protected] We'd appreciate feedback!

Submitted by Molly (not verified) on
Hi Ryan, I couldn't get your e-mail address from your post, but I'm doing a story on Norwich hauntings for the new Norwich Magazine and was wondering if we could do an interview. Please contact me: [email protected]

Submitted by Harley (not verified) on
I am very interested in this place! It is a great piece of history and should always be remembered! It is one of my favorite places despite what had happened there.

Submitted by MNick (not verified) on
Hi, I am going on a 2 week long trip all around Connecticut to visit abandoned and mysterious locations. I am doing this for research on historical events and locations. I will be taking photos along with other research devices. If anyone could help me obtain permission or point me in the right direction to this place I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you. You can contact me at [email protected]

Submitted by Dana (not verified) on
I had regularly snuck into this facility in 2008, explored almost every part of the many buildings, including the Doctors houses. With my trusty camera the times I had explored revealed no orbs or apparitions. With my experiene this facility is NOT haunted, didnt even get goosebumps while visiting.

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