The Klotz throwing company was a silk company in Maryland that once employed 300 people before closing in 1957. It was built in 1902, and another building was added in 1909 which has now been turned into a food bank and then apartments. The silk company closed when cheaper labor was available overseas. A man named Herb Crawford owned and maintained the buildings, and try to keep it open for visitors and photographer tours. When Herb passed away in 2019 the future for the abandoned Klotz Throwing Company is uncertain.
The Tome School for was opened in 1984 as a college prep school for boys. It was a boarding school for K-12. The school had more than 12 buildings worth 2 million (57 million dollars today). They have dormitories, gymnasiums, and master cottages still remaining. The school was a very prestigious school, until the great depression, and closed in 1942 due to financial issues. Then it was acquired by the government where they opened 500 new buildings, and created the school into a Naval training center. They then moved the campus to East Maryland where it still operates. The base was officially closed in 1968 and sold all the buildings which now lay abandoned.
When I went, all the buildings were entirely fenced off. I found a place where you could crawl under, so If you would want to craw under or over the fence, then I think you might be able to get in.
Glenn Dale Hospital was opened in 1934 for TB patients. After TB was cured, it became a nursing home for people who were very ill. There are 23 buildings, including treatment buildings, patient dorms, nurses houses, laundry, chapels and morgues. They also had tunnels underneath all the buildings to transport bodies, patients and so nurses could go back and fourth. Glenn Dale is thought to have been one of the most beneficial TB hospitals because of it's many terraces where they could move beds out too so patients could get sunlight. In 1976 the building was checked for safety, and quickly they realized that it was very unsafe because of cramped living quarters, lead paint and asbestos. The cost to repair and make it more safe would be 23 million dollars. They had 370 patients at that time so instead of repairing the safety issues they started to reduce patients until it closed in 1981 and has been abandoned since then. A bill was passed in the county that Glenn Dale is in allowing a developer to make something happen with the property. I don't think anything is happening with the property yet though. The property is reportedly haunted, and many people talk about scary experiences they have had like hearing voices and one police man shot at something that wasn't there.
Glen dale is very dangerous, there is a lot of asbestos and caving in floors and ceilings and many rats, rodents and bats. The police patrol the area, but I think many doors and windows are open so it would be easy to get into. I would recommend checking for police and also parking far away so no one is suspicious that someone is in the building.
Fort Howard was a military target in 1814 when british troops landed in Fort Howard to burn and capture Baltimore. The land was used as a army post until 1940. They removed 80 buildings to make the hospital. They did keep a few old army buildings as nurses and doctors homes as well as a infirmary. Fort Howard Veterans Hospital was opened in 1943. It had 377 beds, and was mean't to do general medicine and surgical procedures. It was closed in 2002 due to structural building issues.
It seems pretty boarded up, but from google maps there are not any fences, so you might be able to find a way in.
Before being a hospital, Springfield was a estate and farm for a wealthy man William Patterson. In year 1894 the estate was sold to the state of Maryland and a year later they started to turn it into a hospital. When renovating the buildings, they left out barred windows and locked doors, and had a open-door policy. They continued to use the farm and it supplied the staff and patients with most of their food. The buildings on site included powerhouse, fire house, employee housing, a colony for people with epilepsy, admin and medical building and the women and mens buildings. Springfield had a drama club, baseball team, tennis courts and lots of music to entertain patients and staff. They also used activities like exercise, games, songs, embroidery and walks as a part of therapy. There was a lot of overcrowding at the hospital in the 1940's, when they had 3,000 patients. Articles were written about the horrible conditions at Springfield and soon they started to discharge patients in community settings and building new buildings for better treatment. In 1980's Springfield started using only a few of the newer buildings, leaving the other structures abandoned. Springfield still operates in the newer buildings on the grounds.
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There is a lot of security and the buildings are secured, because it's still on the site of an active hospital.
The Rosewood Center was founded in 1888. In the first years of Rosewood, children between the age of 7 and 17 were admitted. They taught boys to farm, gardening and carpentry and the girls were taught sewing, laundry, and milking cows. They claimed that the asylum was self supporting and most of the work was done by patients. From 1911 to 1933, 166 patients were sold off to rich families to become unpaid servants, this was a big scandal, that was only uncovered recently. By 1968 the school had 2,700 patients and started to get overcrowded. Originally Rosewood was mean't to be a school and were patients were taken care of, and helped them with their illness. But in World War 2 Rosewood became a place where they were starting to keep the patients for their whole lives, even if they didn't need lifelong care, to start to protect society from the patients instead of rehabilitating the patients. Like many asylums, Rosewood had over-crowding and didn't have enough staff, and lots of newspapers published articles exposing Rosewood, forcing them to rehabilitate the patients and to release patients that didn't really need life long care. A doctor from Rosewood in 1952, treated children of polio, and was part of a pioneer program for doctors to make a real vaccine for everyone to receive. In 1956 the hospital became integrated with African American patients which was a big problem at the asylum, because many people didn't want it to be integrated. In 1960's the patient numbers quickly decreased as they started integrating patients into communities. During the 1950's to the 1970's there was much malparcting with the doctor, and neglect and abuse from the nurses and care givers, a similar story to other asylums at this time. In 1981 it was discovered that patients at Rosewood didn't get "minimally adequate care". It closed in 1989 after further investigation.
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From Google Maps it still seems that 30 buildings are standing and no fences, I think it would be easier to get into the older buildings because the windows and doors are probably broken. Their may security guards or police, but I am not sure.
The Forest Haven Asylum opened in 1925, to treat children who are mentally ill and handicapped. On the 250 acre land, there are 30 buildings, including a farm colony. The residents learned how to work on a farm, and also the farm created a sense of community. At the height of the asylum their were 1000 patients. During the 1960's funding became very scarce, which effected the asylum a lot. All of the programs that had created had been discontinued and recreation areas were closed. Also they hired new cheaper employees who were under qualified. Some of the doctors didn't even have a proper medical license and they were very understaffed. As things went on the asylum doctors and nurses had gotten fed up by being overworked, they started to take their frustration out on the patients. Some patients were neglected, and some were abused sexually and physically. One 9 year old named Joy was found tied naked on a bed inside of a cage. Because of this abuse many patients passed away and were buried in a unmarked mass grave in a field nearby. According to one report some patients even passed away from medical experiments. The families of the patients of Forest Haven filed a lawsuit in 1976 and many patients were relocated, but the facility still stayed open until 1991. Now, many urban explorers like to come and explore, and dangerous materialz have been removed, but equipment, desks, beds, toys and files still remain.
My Rating is a 4, because access is dicey. Though their are a lot of cool files and things to see in the building. Also there are lots of buildings and different photography opportunities.
There is now a security gate preventing entry to the asylum building. Park beside the fence next to the storage facility on Old Portland Road, look up to make sure you see a power line and then follow either of the two trails through the woods. After a short walk through 5' tall brush/vines the trail forks, bare right. This part of the trail will make crossing the black muck easier and then you'll see the building in the upcoming distance. Don't go after dark, as getting back out of the woods is extremely difficult. (From Atlas Obscura)