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Bissman Building – Side Trip for Mansfield Reformatory, Chapter 8

I wish we would have had more time in Mansfield to explore and investigate the Bissman Building. This is a private building, though, and not generally accessible to the public. They have a website up now that would seem to indicate they let teams come in and ghost hunt.

Bissman Building - Mansfield, OH
Bissman Building – Mansfield, OH
Bissman Building - Mansfield, OH
Bissman Building – Mansfield, OH

Legends talk of a murdered child spirit, and her alleged murderer who was later decapitated by an elevator.

http://www.hauntedbissmanbuilding.com/The_Bissman_Building/Welcome.html

Major Graham Mansion – Side Trip for St. Albans Sanatorium, Chapter 3

While we were traveling in Virginia for official Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums business for Chapter 3 – St. Albans, I came across what I swore up and down was the Addams Family House. This is important, because the last time I thought I had found the real house I was five and at Disney World. Fast forward twenty seven years and I am still no further along in my search for those elusive Addamses. According to Sam, there is no REAL Addams Family, no hairy cousin Itt, and decidedly no Thing T. Thing. Right about now is when he likes to compare me to those people who pleaded so passionately to their congressmen when the first episode of Gilligan’s Island aired. “For God’s sake, why don’t we send someone out there to save those people?!”

Major Graham Mansion - Max Meadows, VA
Major Graham Mansion – Max Meadows, VA

Whether or not he’s right about the above, what I saw was actually the Major Graham Mansion, so I will have to continue the search for the Addams Family.

As we were turning around I thought I spotted a sign on the gate. “Beware of the Thing.” That’s what that sign said.

Oh, and I also liked this ramshackle, falling in upon itself place:
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Further Reading:

http://majorgrahammansion.com/

The Richardson Olmsted Complex

The Richardson Olmsted Complex
The Richardson Olmsted Complex

Formerly known as the Buffalo State Asylum, this site is undergoing renovations to become a boutique hotel, conference center, and visitor’s center. This is one of the few Kirkbride buildings still standing in America, and to have it preserved for reuse is nothing short of a miracle. Frederick Law Olmsted designed the grounds. They have been offering tours, but unfortunately I have not gotten to take one yet.

The Richardson Olmsted Complex
The Richardson Olmsted Complex

This part of Buffalo is so much fun to me too. Within walking distance you have the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, all the antique, funky shops, coffee shops, restaurants and bars of Elmwood Avenue, and Delaware Park. It’s a great cultural getaway from all the touristy Niagara Falls type stuff.
Further Reading:

http://www.richardson-olmsted.com/project.php

http://www.kirkbridebuildings.com/buildings/

http://www.fredericklawolmsted.com/buffalo.html

http://www.albrightknox.org/
http://www.elmwoodvillage.org/

J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital in Perrysburg, New York

This was a stumble-upon discovery from a Buffalo, New York run. The hospital was not accessible to us, it was completely fenced in and we are too chicken to be any good as urban explorers. Mostly, we’re scared of falling through a ceiling and dying. Also, I would like to point out that it’s very difficult to travel commercially with proper urban explorer tools. Might I point out the obvious fact that security is going to completely freak out when your carryon bag contains the following items: rope, infrared camera, duct tape, and pocket knife. It just isn’t going to work out.

So, alas, we had to photograph from behind the fence and dream of what it would be like to access the hospital and grounds. Maybe one day it will be restored and ghost hunters and photographers will be allowed to come visit. This place is definitely on my dream list of locations to see!

J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital - Perrysburg, New York
J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital – Perrysburg, New York
J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital - Perrysburg, New York
J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital – Perrysburg, New York
J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital - Perrysburg, New York
J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital – Perrysburg, New York
J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital - Perrysburg, New York
J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital – Perrysburg, New York
J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital - Perrysburg, New York
J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital – Perrysburg, New York
J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital - Perrysburg, New York
J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital – Perrysburg, New York

Further Reading:

http://jnadam.org/

Ghost Hunt at Old South Pittsburg Hospital

One of the locations that Sam and I rented one weekend back in 2011 for some training prior to traveling for Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums was Old South Pittsburg Hospital in Tennessee.

Old South Pittsburg Hospital - Tennessee
Old South Pittsburg Hospital – Tennessee
The Car Inside Old South Pittsburg Hospital in Tennessee
The Car Inside Old South Pittsburg Hospital in Tennessee

The place did not disappoint. This is the only place I know of that runs more like a research facility for serious ghost hunters as opposed to a Friday night free for all that some public ghost hunt events can turn into. You can camp inside the hospital for the entire weekend, and if you bring a cooler with food you won’t even have to leave the building. Don’t forget to look for the car.

The Operating Room - Inside Old South Pittsburg Hospital in Tennessee
The Operating Room – Inside Old South Pittsburg Hospital in Tennessee

My favorite part of the hospital was the third floor, although it was also the place that scared me the most. While sitting in an operating room in the pitch black, I was overcome with the feeling of suffocation. Simultaneously, I felt myself getting angry with Sam for no reason. At the time, I just wanted to get out of the operating room. The next morning, as I reflected upon the previous night’s events, it occurred to me that it was very possible that I was feeling someone’s dying energy.

Third Floor, Pysch Ward - Inside Old South Pittsburg Hospital in Tennessee
Third Floor, Pysch Ward – Inside Old South Pittsburg Hospital in Tennessee
Downstairs - Old South Pittsburg Hospital in Tennessee
Downstairs – Old South Pittsburg Hospital in Tennessee

We had a lot of flashlight activity throughout the hallways. So much so, that even Cindy remarked upon it while she was checking up on us via live video feed from her room.

Original Equipment - Old South Pittsburg Hospital in Tennessee
Original Equipment – Old South Pittsburg Hospital in Tennessee
Basement - Old South Pittsburg Hospital in Tennessee
Basement – Old South Pittsburg Hospital in Tennessee

The hospital is a perfect setting to try out your new equipment and run experiments.
Gratuitous boiler room shot:
Wish it would have made the book!
Further Reading:

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The Fitzpatrick Hotel – Your Home Base in Washington, GA

I am posting part of an email that I received from The Fitzpatrick Hotel in Washington, GA.

“Weekend Special — October 4th and 5th, 2013
Spend a delightful weekend with a stay at the Fitzpatrick Hotel and experience the outdoor cemetery drama, “Resthaven Revisited”.

For a limited time, book a Standard room* at the Fitzpatrick Hotel on October 4th and/or 5th for $115.00 and receive 2 tickets to “Resthaven Revisited” on Saturday evening October 5th.

“Resthaven Revisited” takes place in the historic Resthaven Cemetery and gives you the opportunity to meet some of its most famous residents. Their dramatic tales will haunt you for a LIFEtime! Performances begin every 20 minutes from 6-9 pm. Transportation to and from the cemetery will be provided at no charge by the Washington Pilot Club. Guests may also go directly to the cemetery if desired.”

The Fitzpatrick Hotel - Washington, GA
The Fitzpatrick Hotel – Washington, GA

The Fitzpatrick Hotel is located in historic downtown Washington, GA in walking distance to the Robert Toombs House. One of the best things you can do is eat dinner at Talk of the Town and then stroll around the neighborhood.

There are so many antebellum homes out there! Can you see the ghost in the upstairs window?
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Washington is one of the few towns in Georgia that actually has Revolutionary War and Civil War History. What’s more, Washington, GA is the last place the Confederate Gold Treasury was seen. Somewhere around $450,000 in silver and gold coins went missing during a train robbery. Callaway Plantation is nearby, and is allegedly the sight of many Confederate ghostly spirit guests. They certainly have some authentic props around the house. Check out the hair art and the coffins. Yikes!

Callaway Plantation - Washington, GA

Callaway Plantation – Washington, GA

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The Mary Willis Library is gorgeous! They even have one of the original Confederate Treasury chests on display.

Mary Willis Library - Washington, GA

Mary Willis Library – Washington, GA

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Further Reading:
http://www.thefitzpatrickhotel.com/
http://www.historyofwilkes.org/sites-callaway.html
http://www.gpb.org/georgiatraveler/202-legend

Jamie Davis with Sam Queen ‘Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums: Inside Abandoned Institutions for the Crazy, Criminal & Quarantined’ Review

I don’t think it is wrong to celebrate good press.

Horror Novel Reviews

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Written by: Drake Morgan

This is a non-fiction work focusing on a number of locations with very dark histories. Jamie Davis takes us inside insane asylums, prisons, hospitals, and schools known for their rather sinister occupants and eerie pasts. These abandoned locales have decayed, but the specter of what they were remains in the corridors, peeling paint, and shadows around every corner.

Davis and his paranormal investigator friend Sam Queen gave each location a thorough going-over. They brought in the latest equipment to test for sound, vibrations, temperature, and the other elements associated with hauntings. Each chapter is dedicated to a single location. Davis does an excellent job of giving us a history without delving too far into trivial details. Pictures bring these dark places to life as well. Real-life accounts compliment the images and we begin to feel the shadows taking shape as we explore alongside Davis and his…

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