Just 10 minutes from The Oaks Victorian Inn, St Ablans Sanatorium is rumored to be the most active paranormal location on the east coast. Go where the Travel Channel’s The Dead Files went in search ghosts. Bernie and I went this past February when they had their tour “Necromance a Valentines Day Haunted House where Love Never Dies”.
Built in 1892, it was first St Albans Lutheran Boys School, which had its share of dark times. The atmosphere was rough and competitive where stronger boys, those we’d today call bullies, were favored over the more cerebral students. In a 1904 yearbook it was stated “E. Blackburn Runyon did not return after Christmas, much to our sorrow, as it put a stop to the football games on the terrace in which he figured prominently as the football”. Though no official records indicate that any students died while attending St Albans, it is rumored that several lives were lost to suicide or homicide.
In 1916 Dr. J.C. King converted St Albans from a boys school to St Albans Sanatorium for the mentally ill. Patients at St Albans were given treatment far superior to that received in other institutions at the time such as Insulin Coma Therapy, Electroconvulsive Therapy and Hydro Shock Therapy. These “state of the art” treatments may have killed more that cured. Explore the Bowling Alley which is haunted by a small child. The Electroshock Therapy room has lots of paranormal activity which is no surprise and there is a room where there is an entity that will whistle back to you when you whistle first. Check out the bathroom where there were 4 documented suicides. I’m curious about the Boiler Room. It’s said that women should not go in there unescorted because whatever haunts may scratch or bruise them.
Several times a year there are special tours and fun haunted events offered. If you stay at The Oaks and would like a personal historic or paranormal tour, let us know in advance so we can arrange.