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St Albans Sanatorium

St Albans Sanatorium

Radford, Virginia
24141 USA

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Radford, VA is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, St Albans Sanatorium. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History 

St. Albans Sanatorium was constructed in 1892, though it first functioned as a Lutheran Boys School. The headmaster demanded boys perform well in classrooms and on sports fields. To meet such high expectations, many would turn to extreme methods. St. Albans developed a reputation for being a rough and competitive school where bullying was not only condoned; it was encouraged. Heated athletic rivalries may have allowed St. Albans to secure numerous football championships, but they also made homicides and suicides frequent occurrences on campus.  

In 1916, Dr. John C. King acquired the property to now fulfill his vision: introducing the nation’s first top-notch psychiatric hospital. Unhappy with the conditions at the Southwestern Lunatic Asylum during his stint as superintendent, Dr. King wanted to open an institution where patients would be both well treated and well accommodated. He made several renovations to the school, even adding a farm to the property to give patients a proper place to exercise and play. Mental health patients were given electric shock treatments and sometimes lobotomies to try and “cure” them. The resulting therapies made it function more like a torture chamber than a hospital. One room in the facility had horrendous forms of treatment and became known as the suicide bathroom.

The Hauntings

Some of St. Albans Sanatorium’s most active rooms are where hydrotherapies were conducted. A hydrotherapy session didn’t always involve a brief, relaxing soak in the bathtub. Patients who weren’t in icy cold towels were strapped into steaming water vats, where they lay immobile and confined for days. Others were blasted with cold water from a fire hose. No wonder one of these rooms is now known as the Suicide Bathroom.

There are many other rooms in the sanatorium that are paranormally hot. The Bowling Alley in the basement is known to be haunted by two female spirits: Allie and Gina Renee Hall. Allie is rumored to be the young daughter of one of the hospital’s patients, and Gina was a woman who was murdered on June 28, 1980, somewhere close to St. Albans Sanatorium, along Hazel Hollow Road.

This extremely haunted property has been featured in many television programs, including Haunted Collector, Ghost Asylum and Dead Files

More reads...

 Haunted Virginia: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Old Dominion     Virginia's Haunted Historic Triangle 2nd Edition: Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown & Other Haunted Locations     The Big Book of Virginia Ghost Stories (Big Book of Ghost Stories) by [Jr. Taylor, L. B.]


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Date added: Jan/24/2017 | Last time updated: May/22/2020

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