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)