Hagedorn opened in 1907 as a tuberculosis hospital, providing health care to 500 patients a year. Between 1907 and 1929, the hospital treated 10,000 people. In the 1920's the hospital opened up to treating all cases no matter how sever. In 1950, they also started to treat people with chest diseases. In 1970's the hospital closed down and was left abandoned. Senator Hagedorn built a psychiatric hospital next to the abandoned tuberculosis. It first started as a nursing home, and then a 288- bed psychiatric hospital. In 2012 the new hospital was closed and is now lying abandoned along side the old hospital.
Camp Sussex was open for 85 years and closed in 2005 and was run a New York City non-profit organization, the property was then passed to another owner after filing for bankruptcy. The camp opened in in 1924 by a "Jewish welfare organization", and was meant to serve poor and orphan children from NYC were able to spends summer there for free. The camp accommodated 1,200 campers every year.On 215 acres, the camp had 36 bunkhouses 18 for boys and 18 for girls. The camp also had baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, recreation building, arts building, a theater, an infirmary and a boat house. 12 campers and 3 counselors would live in one cabin, and they eat all their meals in the large dining hall with two kitchens. In 2004 Derek Jeters foundation signed a three year agreement to create a special sport summer program, though one week into the camp program the foundation pulled out of the agreement. A individual has bought the camp for $850,000 and is planning to restore and then reopen the children's camp.
The camp is now being refurbished and is no longer abandoned.
In 1887, Garrison started the feeble minded school in his home. Garrison received 40 acres and the Scarborough mansion and decided to open up a bigger school. The Vineland school opened in 1888, as a school to care for "feeble minded children". After Garrison passed away, Professor Johnstone became the head of the school. He also opened a research lab on the grounds, which was first of it's kind. The laboratory studied mental illness and made many advancements in knowledge and mental illness. At the school they administered the Binet IQ test on the students. One of the scientist working in the lab published a book called "The Kallikak Family- A Study in the Hereditary of Feeble-mindedness". Goddard created a team with the U.S government to go to Ellis Island and test mental illness on immigrants. In 1919 they had built enough buildings to hold 120 boys, and their care was paid for from selling food from the farm. The boys in the school were very happy doing labor and contributing to their little society. Patients had jobs like construction and farming, and would build the buildings for all the expansions. The new expansion was called The Menantico Colony, with the whole lands being entirely self sufficient. This helped the boys feel human, being able to be occupied with work, and helped with getting aggression out. In1945 Johnstone passed away and Dr.Jacobs took over the school for him.
I think only a few buildings remain and they are very close to other companies that may call the police if they see you.
Hinchcliffe was opened in 1932 as a 100,000 seat outdoor stadium. The stadium was built to hopefully be a "paying investment" to help with citizens in the town from the Great Depression. The stadium hosted the "Colored Championship of The Nation" and also the "Black Yankees" made the stadium their home. The stadium also hosting boxing games, car racing and pro- football. Though the primary use of the stadium was actually for two nearby highschool teams. In the later days, Duke Ellington also had one of his last big concerts at the stadium and In 1988 it became the home for the New Jersey Eagles. Hinchcliffe was used through the 1990's, it started to decline and fall into disrepair. The stadium was then abandoned in 1997.
The Jet testing center was opened in 1953 and was 528 acres. The center was a United States Navy facility, and was used to test jet engines. Seven hundred people worked at the Testing facility. A board voted to close a lot of testing facilities, including this one. A charity for the homeless called "HomeFront" was given the building when it was shut down. The buildings have now been left abandoned and stripped of all metals.
From an article I recently read, I heard there was a lot of security.
The Essex County Jail was first built in 1837 by John Havilland, who had also built some other now abandoned jails, all which focused on prison reform. The prison was constructed when a courthouse was destroyed by a fire. The building was two stories, and in 1890, 1895, 1904, 1909, they continued to build more onto the jail. New buildings were added like hospital, powerhouse, and laundry building. The cell blocks were for temporarily holding inmates waiting for trials or inmates that were held for petty crimes. There were about 300 cell blocks, though over crowding led to 500 inmates. Also, in 1991 scenes for a movie "Malcom X" were shot at the jail. The prison was closed 1970, with a complete of a new jail. When the jail became abandoned, homeless drug addicts moved in, and still may live there today, Two bodies of drug users have also been found on site.
I would not recommend visiting or going inside, there still may be people living here, and if not there is probably a large police presence to make sure the homeless don't make it their home again.
The fairy tale forest is a amusement park with fifteen acres and a different section for different fairy tales. In the park there are small dolls and small everything reenacting the fairy tale. It's been open since the 90's and closed in 2003 when it became outdated. It reopened in 2018.
Has now re-opened and not abandoned anymore.
The Stuyvesant's were a very wealthy family, and named many things in New York, like Bed-stuy, Stuy town and Stuyvesant high school. The family had a large New Jersey estate called "Tranquility Farms" with 5,000 acres of land and a 65 room mansion which burned down in 1959. The land was then purchased by the state and became part on a national park, but they never tore down the remaining structures. It was named the Profanity houses, because of all of the profanity in each house on every single surface. The buildings have been burned down, and now the police are looking for those responsible to arrest them.
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The buildings have now been burned down.
Trenton first opened it's doors in 1848, and it was the first hospital to implement the Kirkbride plan. The first building had offices, a chapel, six female wards and six male wards. Then they expanded, to a museum, reading rooms, bowling alleys, more patient buildings, laundry building, nursing school and labs for research. In 1907, Dr.Cotton was hired to run Trenton, he seemed like a perfect fit for the hospital. He soon went mad, and turned the hospital into a nightmare. Cotton, started to believe that mental illness came from body infections in different parts of your body. He removed teeth, gallbladders, stomachs, colons, testicles and ovaries, or wherever he believed the infections were in a patients body. Cotton claimed that he achieved 90 percent of patients who survived were cured, but most patients died from the surgeries. The patients also had no choice in the surgeries, they were just dragged into the operating room. As medication became more popular, patient numbers dropped, and most buildings were closed.
Me--- these photos are from two years and not the best, we were in a rush and we just went to the first buildings we could find that were accessible and I don't think we went into any hospital buildings, and I think we just went to the nurses or doctors houses, I wasn't really sure where we were.
I'm not sure that you can get into the main hospital buildings, they look pretty boarded up and their aren't many photos from the inside of the hospital.
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I first wanted to say, the Arthur Brisbane Children's "Treatment Center" is and awful place, their are many stories online from patients their with details of abuse from the staff, thank god this place is now abandoned. It opened in 1947 and was finally closed in 2005. The building was built with the "cottage" plan, which was a smaller Kirkbride plan. It was originally made for U.S military veterans, but the State Board of Control requested for it to become a psychiatric residential treatment of children. The first building was a mansion, but later in 1972 a larger school building was built. In 1986, a litigation was filed, claiming that their was physical and mental abuse at psychiatric hospitals across New Jersey. It also claimed that the patients were stuffed into small over crowded buildings, and were barely ever let go outside to get fresh air. In 1989 the Brisbane Center had a evaluation, Staff intimidated and bullied patients, and when they would get upset about it, they would punish them. Some children had injuries from improperly implemented and outdated restraint devices and methods. The school, was mean't to hold 40 children, but held 80 children, There was no infirmary on the campus, only dormitories and a school. The start of the end of the treatment center, is when Kelly Young was killed by one of the staff. After a phone call, Kelly became very upset, after the staff said she couldn't have another phone call, she got even more upset. Kelly was in a room with a male social worker that was much bigger then her. She wasn't following his directions, and was in a emotional frenzy. Instead of approaching it with with a non violent solution, like he was supposed to do, he grabbed her and put her in a restraint called a "Basket Hold". He then forced her to the ground and dragged her to a chair. During the whole thing, she was still in a emotional frenzy, and was struggling to breath. Another social worker came and helped Williams restrain her, she lost so much oxygen that she began to turn blue. Then the Brisbane center lied to the family, claiming she had "choked on an object". Williams was fired only months later. For more information from people who survived Arthur Brisbane, this is their Facebook account, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arthur-Brisbane-Child-Treatment-Center/173632676013885.
I think it's very easy to access this building. I've never heard of any security, or anyone be caught while exploring. I think some buildings are boarded up but you are still able to get in.
I would rate this a 4.5, because its unknown by many people and has not been vandalized that much yet. Their is not much left to see or explore. If you were looking for a place to do a ouija board or talk to spirits, this would be a good place to do it.