The Belcher State school was built in 1915 and closed in 1992. During the years that Belcher was open, no one knew about the abuse that occurred in the school. Once the parents found out what was happening with their children, they filed a class action lawsuit, led by Benjamin Ricci. Ricci also wrote a book about the mistreatment and he wrote a quote from his son, "His method of evaluating me consisted of looking me over during the physical exam and deciding that since I couldn't talk and apparently couldn't understand what he was saying, I must be an imbecile. [...] Since I couldn't ask him to speak up or repeat what he said, he assumed I was a moron. (Sienkewicz-Mercer p38)". He also says, "When it was necessary to move a patient, the attendants did so roughly, sometimes causing injuries. As a result of this gross mistreatment, some patients were prone to "moaning in the hallways," "reaching into [their] diapers and spreading whatever [they] found all over, [...] repeatedly banging their heads against the walls," (Sienkewicz-Mercer, p. 50)" . Attendants were overworked, and had dozens and dozens of patients in each ward, there was not enough time for proper toilet care and patients were left "half-naked rolling in their own excrement." Healthy teeth were removed from patients mouths, to make it easier to feed them. There are 10 buildings and they were all built in the colonial revival style. Now, the cemetery is being restored, and they are adding names to graves, because before they only had numbers. They have also decided on a 1.25 million dollar project to creat 170-units of assited living homes.
You are not able to access these buildings anymore, all the buildings have been very well boarded up (which is unusual for abandoned buildings. There are also construction workers on site, that will probably call the cops on you if they see you roaming the grounds.
My rating for this place is a 1. This is because you aren't able to access, I wouldn't even recommend visiting, because the architecture isn't worth look at either.