Hey there everyone, just found this neat place while looking for info on supposedly haunted old asylums, but I've only been able to sadly debunk many things I've heard. For instance, from everything going back to the 1930 US Census, Undercliff seems to be a tuberculosis hospital that eventually became a school until it closed. The real estate information says the "Former Undercliff School" is a 9 acre plot at 72 Undercliff Road, Meriden CT 06451, vacant, but it was never an insane asylum as I'd been told by my sister when I was a kid. I grew up in Meriden, so that one was always my favorite. From satellite photos and maps, I can see Undercliff Road (which I've driven past many times but never entered) has operating buildings only at the very beginning, then curves to the back and ends in a cul-de-sac loop where the big old scary place should be. I figure you can park at Target and try to walk through the woods around back, or park down on Resevoir Street behind it and walk up that way.
Also, unless there is an old one, Cedarcrest on Russel Road in Newington is still fully operational, but all the phone and fax numbers for the hospital start with 666-####. Not that I'm reading into this at all, I just think that's really funny. I didn't think that prefix was ever used for phone numbers, like how only movie and TV numbers start with 555.
Oh, and I've been to Elmcrest, my sister also spent some time there, though they did get shut down for a bit for "restraining" a boy to death (restraining was when they paged Dr. Strong to a location, and all able bodied men would gather there and hold a patient down, often just lying on top of them). When they reopened they had a new name last time I knew, my sister even went back there as an intern... nasty place, but not haunted that I know of. Here's the link to the boy's death, it's the last paragraph all the way at the bottom:
So, I am in New Haven and always interested in gathering for a little investigation and discussion. 25/m, I assume weekends are best for most people, but any day except Wednesdays and Thursdays is good for me.
I have been to this location in Meriden (Exit 5 off 691 make a left off the exit and Undercliff road is immediately on the right hand side) many times as a teenager and have never gotten chased out by the police. The building was in ruins and completely unsafe then and this was 1990-1991. We got the chance to explore the entire building. It appeared to be burned on the top floor, and filled with crumbled bricks and old pipes and electrical wires and debris........I still have copies of old endorsed checks that were I guess payment for residency there, somewhere in a box. The basement contained beds that were built into the walls and had caged fronts on them, I guess for the unruley patients. I still dont know what the "true" history is on this building, as you read so many different things on the subject. I've heard it was for people with severe profound disabilities, I have heard its was to treat patients with TB, I have also heard it was a place to treat people with addictions. WHO REALLY knows.......Like the State is going to ever tell. I got many creepy feelings there and I would love to go back and explore this place again. Now that I am a resident of Meriden and I have children this might be a nice treat for me at Halloween...........