It's been closed for about a decade, and they're planning its destruction. This building was in process of treating mental illnesses since the Civil War era.
During the times I've visited this place (its about a mile from my home) I've seen, heard, and just felt the presence of something restless. The building itself seems to transform somewhat. One night a friend of mine and I were outside of it looking around the grounds, and I looked up to one of the carvings (a simple cross) and I looked away. Then I happened to glance back at it and it was inverted. I thought maybe it was just a trick of my mind, but one can ever be sure, right?
Also, we managed to get a tour through it a few years back, and we convinced the guide to allow us into the old clock tower. We saw poltergeist activity in the room involving the mechanics of the clock. It stopped working when we entered the room, and upon exiting the building I looked up to the clock tower and noticed it had began to move again.
There are three graveyards on the grounds of the asylum, as well as a morgue, where only the bodies of mental patients were processed and buried.
I believe most of these spirits are merely here to preserve the past to show us how terrible the conditions were there once (icepick treatment, anyone? Shock therapy?), and they are harmless. Since the city is planning the destruction of the beautiful part of our history sometime in the near future, the spirits are making a sudden increase in uprising.
There have been more accounts from locals and tourists alike of similar sightings at the old asylum.
Here are some images of the hospital itself (NOTE: these are not my own images)
Edited by MoonChild, 18 April 2006 - 12:56 PM.