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Legends of the Dempsey House

Dempsey House in the Leonardo section of Middletown sat quietly in the woods for many years as the legends about it grew. The abandoned foreboding looking stone building is one of the last remnants of the vast Dempsey estate, which once occupied the surrounding grounds. Those who have grown up near it tell tales of its dark and disturbing past. Continue reading

Pennhurst Asylum: The Shame of Pennsylvania

This state-funded school and hospital center was at the heart of the human rights movement that revolutionized this country’s approach to healthcare for the mentally and physically handicapped. This facility was one of the most striking examples of the maltreatment that was characteristic of such institutions––at one point, papers labeled it “The Shame of the Pennsylvania”. And the legacy of all this suffering might just be the lingering spirits that are said to still wander its abandoned wards today. Continue reading