Dejarnette Building, Western State Hospital - Real Haunts in Staunton VA
- 103 Valley Center Dr
- Staunton, VA
Western State Hospital was founded in1825 as the second mental health facility in Virginia, though the first building was not finished until 1828. It was originally named the Western Lunatic Asylum and did not change to its current name until 1894. After the hospital came under control of Dr. Joseph Dejarnette, a noted eugenicist, a new building was erected bearing his name; under his direction many patients were tortured within its walls. The building was later used as a correctional center before being abandoned in the 21st century. Visitors say that the restless spirits of Dejarnette’s victims still haunt the building and that their screams scan be heard echoing through the halls. Moans, whispers, phantom footsteps, and doors opening or closing of their own accord have also been reported.
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First picture shows the old Dejarnette center, which was for children and adolescents and has since been relocated (now Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents). The second picture is an abandoned building (torn down last year) that was unrelated. The story told in this description is about Weatern State Hispital (formerly Western Lunatic Asylum), which is also still operating but in a third location since its beginning. The original buildings that were then a jail are now condos. Old Dejarnette buildings are still there, abandoned and creepy.Posted 6/19/17
I was there from June 2008 to oct 2008 and I know for a fact that place is haunted, dark figures in the hall way going in to the dr's office, something push on my back when I was sleeping one night and woke me noone around. gave me the creepsPosted 11/16/16
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