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#91 Tim1681

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 09:04 AM

The Assylum in Newington that I visited is not the one in the pictures. If it is, then it must have been taken a long time ago, as the one I have been too is HEAVILY covered by trees, and I doubt you can get a good shot of it from any angle such as those pictures. The one I mention is on Russel Road right at the end across from some factory, and the one in the photos given is said to be on East Cedar Street which Russel Road is off (off an on ramp whcih comes from E Cedar). From what I see and remember, there might be two buildings very close to each other abondoned.


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Posted 12 August 2006 - 08:10 PM


The Assylum in Newington that I visited is not the one in the pictures. If it is, then it must have been taken a long time ago, as the one I have been too is HEAVILY covered by trees, and I doubt you can get a good shot of it from any angle such as those pictures. The one I mention is on Russel Road right at the end across from some factory, and the one in the photos given is said to be on East Cedar Street which Russel Road is off (off an on ramp whcih comes from E Cedar). From what I see and remember, there might be two buildings very close to each other abondoned.


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Posted 22 August 2006 - 01:51 PM

The whole thing with the black dog goes back a good couple of years and is supposed to haunt the hanging hills area......the story goes that the first time that you see him he is supposed to bring good fortune, or something to that acoord. and the second time he is supposed to bring sorrow and the third time, well, that will be the last of you...supposed to follow you and look like a cocker spaniel....supposed to bark but emit no sound......there was a story some famous hiker did that included it.....just look up the black dog of hanging hills and you should find it....ive been looking but somewhere around like 93 or 94 there was an incident up near castle craig where one hiker fell off and his buddy fell off the next week......i still cant find the story but still looking
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Posted 05 September 2006 - 10:59 AM

New to the site and love it already. I drove to Cedarcrest Asylum last night. It is obvious where the new and operational facility is but I'm not sure where the building is that is referred to on this site. Clearly there are 3 or 4 abandoned buildings on the property next to the new hospital. The one closest to the new hospital has a very small driveway leading up to a fence with a large hole in it. Is this the building worth checking out? If so, once through the fence, is there an easy way into the building?

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Posted 05 September 2006 - 01:28 PM

with the new facility being operational then it will be harder and harder to "slip in" i would reccomend getting permission CTGUY because you really dont want to run into the law around there. Especially with the activity of the new facility being started. i wonder if that would deter what energy surrounds the place.
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Posted 05 September 2006 - 03:26 PM

New to the site and love it already. I drove to Cedarcrest Asylum last night. It is obvious where the new and operational facility is but I'm not sure where the building is that is referred to on this site. Clearly there are 3 or 4 abandoned buildings on the property next to the new hospital. The one closest to the new hospital has a very small driveway leading up to a fence with a large hole in it. Is this the building worth checking out? If so, once through the fence, is there an easy way into the building?


Yea .. that's the building. Good luck getting permission. It's pretty much impossible since it's State Property. There isnt one person you can just call and say "Hey, can I go into the building that you own?" I talked to a State Trooper there one time and he said I needed to talk to the State Commissioner. :Spaz:

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 06:36 PM


New to the site and love it already. I drove to Cedarcrest Asylum last night. It is obvious where the new and operational facility is but I'm not sure where the building is that is referred to on this site. Clearly there are 3 or 4 abandoned buildings on the property next to the new hospital. The one closest to the new hospital has a very small driveway leading up to a fence with a large hole in it. Is this the building worth checking out? If so, once through the fence, is there an easy way into the building?


Yea .. that's the building. Good luck getting permission. It's pretty much impossible since it's State Property. There isnt one person you can just call and say "Hey, can I go into the building that you own?" I talked to a State Trooper there one time and he said I needed to talk to the State Commissioner. :hug:


I have been into that building more than 10 times and ive had NO problem. Actualy one time me and my friend had gone there parked are cars behind that building that your talking about and walked right into it with people around and no one called the cops. i have lots of pictures taht i took there if you would like to see them.

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 11:51 PM

Interesting topic, I'm originally from Meriden and hadn't heard anything about the interest surrounding Altebello / Undercliff. First I heard of it was from a local friend here in Durham who had thought it might be interesting to stop by for a visit.

We've considered it for a while now, and figured that it might be worth checking the old site out, and seeing what can be dug up. I have a nice mid-range Sony Handicam and access to some nice cameras, but I like my Sony due to it's nightvision, so I can put up some good quality video of our visit.

Anyone have any advice for our planned trip? Or would there be a standing recommendation as to where would be better to visit? I'd ideally like a place that wouldn't get me arrested, but if people think those places are the best, then "c'est la vie" I suppose.

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 08:49 PM

i'm new to this site. i've always been interested in the paranormal. I am trying to find some interesting haunted places in connecticut to visit .Please help!

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 09:11 PM

Interesting topic, I'm originally from Meriden and hadn't heard anything about the interest surrounding Altebello / Undercliff. First I heard of it was from a local friend here in Durham who had thought it might be interesting to stop by for a visit.

We've considered it for a while now, and figured that it might be worth checking the old site out, and seeing what can be dug up. I have a nice mid-range Sony Handicam and access to some nice cameras, but I like my Sony due to it's nightvision, so I can put up some good quality video of our visit.

Anyone have any advice for our planned trip? Or would there be a standing recommendation as to where would be better to visit? I'd ideally like a place that wouldn't get me arrested, but if people think those places are the best, then "c'est la vie" I suppose.


ive been there many times and ive never ran into any problems, there are houses and if u keep driving up the drive way past the undercliff and the old house there is a huge building with lots of cars that i have no idea what its for. It always seems like someoen is watching you though. Good luck trying to get into the building idk how.

I used to do security work at Altobello, back in the 80's. It was a very "interesting" place, to say the least. "Bender" used to be a patient there, and they've got just about all the right facts. The small cottage down the road, where the patients would be given alot more liberty was called "Cliff's Cottage", by the way.
The main building, at the very top of the hill was formerly the hospital for TB patients, many years earlier. Sometimes, the patients would be taken out onto the roof, for fresh air.
This building was still being used for the care of patients like "Bender" at the time I worked there. Oddly enough, if I remember correctly, either the 2nd or the 3rd floor of the building, and the top floor, were abandoned. You could see the big "ward rooms" in the left wing, and the right wing. Empty. Nothing there except some debris.
As weird as it was, the employee's lounge was actually in the old morgue, located on the bottom floor, in the back of the right wing. The TV set was right in front of the "refrigerated drawers", which you could open and slide the tray out.
In all my time at Altobello, including many, many overnight shifts, I've never seen, heard or felt anything out of the ordinary in the main building...if you understand that the place used to be a hospital, and that sometimes people die in a hospital.

The place that was really strange was Undercliff House, the big brick building at the bottom of the hill, facing back to the top.

One night, while on patrol, I was walking around the outside of the building, and I noticed that the door to the basement was unlocked. I radioed in that I was going to check it out, and started down the basement stairs. I remember seeing a long hallway, from one end of the building to the other, with door all along both sides of the hall. There was heavy debris strewn in this hallway, so it made it a little difficult to walk thru. As I passed the first door on my left, I shined my light at it, and I noticed that it had a heavy door on the outside, facing the hall. Inside that heavy door, there was what looked like jail bars with a second door. What really got me was when I shined my light into the "cell"...I'd swear there were shackles on the wall. That's when I finally got the feeling that I wasn't alone. I finished up my check of the basement (all the rooms were the same), locked it up and went back to the main building.

There was no reason for that door to be unlocked...the lock wasn't damaged, but for some reason, it was open. I didn't really get a close up look inside one of these "cells", since I had a feeling it would have been a bad idea!

As far as security patrols, the only people we ever nailed for tresspassing were people driving up the little dirt road behind Undercliff House, that lead into the woods. I think you could figure out what they were up to! :yawn:.

I wouldn't mind checking out Undercliff again, but I just don't have the time to do so. Anybody going there, please let us know what you find!


If you keep driving up theres a bigger buliding with lots of cars parked it seems like its running. Theres a wrong way sign if you go up there what is that place pass the old one?

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Posted 28 July 2007 - 02:22 PM

I am an old old patient at Altobello ( Undercliff ) and it is NOT what everyone talks about what it was. It was a place for troubled kids of all kinds, mostly drug addicts. I myself was addicted to drugs and suicidal, and that is why I was there.
There are a few things that are correct though. I read how the top of the building was burned ( that would be where the kitchen was ). There were not many many many beds in one room. There were many rooms with 2 beds, maybe 3.
There was a room where you were put if you got " out of hand " .
There was also a pool table so we can play pool & a TV room.
We had sessions there where we would talk about problems.
There were 2 sides to the big building on the top of the hill. I was on the left side.
There was a place outside that was fenced with bobwire. That is were we were able to get fresh air, I would guess. You earned points if you behaved. Once you earned enough points you were able to goto the Rainbow House. That house was almost like across the way. You were able to walk there with the staff. It was nothing more than a game house. Nothing but games, books, tv, video games. I ran away after making it to be able to go there. And everyone brace themselves, after running away from that hell hole, I came back because I had nowhere else to go. I made friends in there. We made a song "Welcome to the Hotel Altobello". Lastly, there was the house down the road a little bit. I can not remember the name of that house, but I called it the freedom house. You were able to come and go as you please ( on grounds of course ), you were able to have weekend visits home. I was there for about 8 months, and I have to say, thinking about it all as I am older and I would say wiser, the staff was not bad people. I thought they were when I was there, but they were just doing their jobs. As for it being haunted... I don't know if it is NOW... Like I said, I was there for 8 months and the only thing I ever heard were the screams of the kids being put in the ROOM because they didn't want to be in there, I know I didn't.

Also I read about Elmcrest - I was there too - that was a fricking country club to me. Compared to Altobello, I would take Elmcrest over Altobello anytime.




Hello Bender,
I know its been a year since youve made this post but I just wanted to say that I was also a " resident"at Altobello when I was younger in the late 80's after a suicide attempt. I can confirm that everything you've said is correct about the place.

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 01:34 AM

Wow! Actually, that Norwich location is what got me onto this site! My roommate's dad used to work there before it closed I think he said in the 1980s or so, and there were supposed to be several buildings. One for males and a perfect duplicate building across the courtyard for females, then another for the criminally insane, but the best was some old tunnels that went underground to the oldest facility where some kind of torture and execution was supposed to have taken place, with shackles and such. However, then I heard of the CVH tunnels that are still in use, and I started thinking that was the place he meant.

Anyway, he also mentioned a strange little neighborhood that no one ever talks about. I guess back when it was used, the hospital actually had a whole system of residential houses built for the doctors and their families to live in right next to the facility, but no one ever really goes out there to the houses. He said it was like a suburban ghost town, all these cookie-cutter houses nice and friendly, but all completely deserted. Sounded creepy.



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Hi. That hospital you are talking about with the cookie cutter houses and everything is not in Norwich. It is in Newtown Connecticut. I used to live there. In one of the cookie cutter houses. My father was a doctor at this asylum and in order to work there the employees had to live on the ground of the mental hospital which meant their wives and kids lived there too. The tunnels really are there and under ground. I think they used to watch us. I remember one day my mom turne the heat up real high and opened a few windows because she had burned something. We got a call from someone way out in another part of the hosptial that said we had to close our windows because we were wasting energy. We couldn't figure out how they saw this or new this because the windows she opened were small and in the back of the house. It was an odd place for sure.

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 01:41 AM

Wow! Actually, that Norwich location is what got me onto this site! My roommate's dad used to work there before it closed I think he said in the 1980s or so, and there were supposed to be several buildings. One for males and a perfect duplicate building across the courtyard for females, then another for the criminally insane, but the best was some old tunnels that went underground to the oldest facility where some kind of torture and execution was supposed to have taken place, with shackles and such. However, then I heard of the CVH tunnels that are still in use, and I started thinking that was the place he meant.

Anyway, he also mentioned a strange little neighborhood that no one ever talks about. I guess back when it was used, the hospital actually had a whole system of residential houses built for the doctors and their families to live in right next to the facility, but no one ever really goes out there to the houses. He said it was like a suburban ghost town, all these cookie-cutter houses nice and friendly, but all completely deserted. Sounded creepy.

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This is all true about the neighorhood for doctors and it was actually closed down ery recently, I think like 97' because my high school chorus performed there. I just wanted to mention though that it is ironically enough set up in a place called Happyland on the map.



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Hi. I used to live in these houses. It wasn't a seperate neighborhood. It is on the actual grounds of the mental hospital. And you are correct the place closed down in 97. That's where the movie Sleepers, Witchhunt and Madman were filmed. What I didnt' know was that it is called happyland on the map. I was happy when I was lived there even though it was VERY ODD.

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 09:07 PM

Cedar Hill Mental Institution is in Newington CT, and is part of the complex of medical buildings now owned by Hartford Hospital. The building, now boarded up, is an eyesore which is visible from several of the windows of my house. It is about the distance of two city blocks away.

Ever since I moved in, neighborhood children have told me stories about how they have heard noises like crying and screaming when going for "investigations" in the place, and the same kids told me about seeing an apparition there.

I am surprised the place doesn't get more press and media coverage. It is extremely haunted. Even before I found out it was haunted I would get an uneasy feeling looking at the building, in winter, through the twisted branches of the trees it looks especially creepy. I even wrote an email to the Ghost Hunters show to see if they'd be interested in visiting the place, but no word yet.


have u ever gone inside i have...i been through the whole thing even the roof. nothing happend. i dont ill be going back for my third time to see if i can get anything

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 09:37 PM

I have been to Undercliff, Cedar Crest, and the one in Newtown. I have about 50 pictures from Newtown, and although they show nothing the place is creepy. We parked maybe 50' in front of the buildings and when you walked towards the front to get a closer look, you had the feeling you never got any closer. It felt like a 200-300 foot walk to get the 50' to the door. Other than some birds, and deer nothing special caught our attention.

Also I have only been bothered one time, at cedar crest. Never once at Undercliff or Newtown!
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