Sunday, January 22, 2012

Does your town come with an abandoned hospital?

Mine does. Check out this amazing set of photos off flickr, by IanC83. It's a hospital right here in Cambridge, downtown, that has been empty since it shut down in 2003. Just two miles from Cold Antler Farm is this hot mess. Where are the Ghost Hunter shows? This is golden!

Think I should put it in Birchthorn?


Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

heck yea

January 22, 2012 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Mist said...

You should absolutely put it in Birchthorn! I just love finding those special bits of history in a town.

January 22, 2012 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Gordy said...

Hi Jenna,this is a very cool place to go visit if you can get up there. I drove up there last fall with Mom when I found the gate open, very cool and very sad knowing what it use to be and what is turning into. Wouldn't it be fun to spend a day checking everything out and staying all night waiting for whatever comes along. Heck yea bring the Ghost Hunters count me in.

January 22, 2012 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Renai said...

I grew up about half a mile from the ruins of a gold mine in Douglas (Juneau), Alaska. There are all of these old historic mine buildings still standing- tucked into the woods just above a beach. There's an old hospital, swimming pool, etc. All very spooky and surreal. Strange now that it seemed like such a great place to play as a child! Found some cool pictures on Flickr-

January 22, 2012 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Hello! What a great element for Birchthorn!

January 22, 2012 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger karental said...

Says it was built in 1917 - a little late for Birchthorn, I think? Still, it is amazing and I'm sure there are stories in there...

January 22, 2012 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Flartus said...

Artistic license can put that place in your story. Or, maybe there was an older place of healing, a prison, an Indian camp. This could add layers to your story.

January 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

I hate to see places like that go to ruin. It looks like it has good 'bones'. Too bad someone couldn't buy it and turn it into low income housing or something instead of letting it crumble away.

January 22, 2012 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Poppy said...

Ooh, I'm jealous! I love old abandoned places, especially if you can snoop around. Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

January 22, 2012 at 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We've got three graveyards! ;)

I would say tack it on! It would be an exciting setting.


January 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

They are on facebook as Former Mary McClellan Hospital, Cambridge, NY

January 23, 2012 at 7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was born there! i was in there right after it closed (they were trying to sell off random pieces of furniture, so you could show up and wander the place) and even then it was the creepiest thing you could imagine. at least i can say i'm aging better than that old girl!


January 23, 2012 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Carol said...


January 23, 2012 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Jason and I noticed the building in October and were imagining new life for it. We were partial to a candy-making facility-if it's haunted the candy will taste better!

January 23, 2012 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

So jealous - wish I had had time to visit this place!

January 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

I want that administrator's house. It's beautiful. I wish there were some pictures of the farmhouse too. That is a beautiful place but a little spooky too. Sad to see such a beautiful place fall to ruin. The library still has books and looks good. I can see that whole place as condos or low income housing like someone else said. It needs to be used and not let fall apart. Too much history there.

January 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

That would make an excellent university or boarding school. Sad knowing such an amazing building isn't being used.

January 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

Mine does, too! lol There is an old hospital about 5 miles down the road from my house here but it's not nearly as impressive looking as yours is.

January 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Lissa B. said...

Use it! Spooky, I love it!

January 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Sure! My town comes w/ a creepy old abandoned orphanage...Take some "creative liberty" if it doesn't fit the story exactly!

January 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

birchthorn takes place in 1919! year after the Spanish Flu!

January 23, 2012 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger karental said...

Well, then. YES!

January 23, 2012 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Muffy Sainte-Marie said...

Catching up on your blog after a long time away. WOW what a great photo. You're writing a book..? You're spinning wool, Gibson is getting big...I feel like I'm checking in on an old friend (we've never met!) are just as inspiring as ever Jenna. Thanks from Canada's West Coast. xoxo

January 25, 2012 at 2:45 AM  
Blogger Paul Molnar said...

(Prowling back through some of your earlier posts and hit this one) - Mine does! Traverse City State Hospital. It dates back to 1885. It is actually being redeveloped into a really neat combination of housing and boutique businesses and restaurants. It is one of my favorite "haunts" to wander about with my GF when we are in town. and for it's present incarnation,

November 25, 2012 at 4:02 PM  

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