Abandoned Insane Asylum
We have an abandoned insane asylum not too far from where I live. It was originally opened in 1861 and was located in Northport, Alabama. It's original name was the Alabama State Hospital for the Insane. It was later named after Dr. Peter Bryce. Bryce was a young doctor from South Carolina who went to Europe to study how psychiatric patients were treated there. He came back to this country with a lot of new ideas that he was excited about implementing. No longer were patients shackled and he insisted that patients be treated with respect. He took control of the new hospital and it was renamed for him. So it is now known as Bryce Psychiatric Hospital. There is the abandoned Bryce Hospital and a new Bryce Hospital that was just opened this year.
Fast forward a hundred or so years. Governor Lurleen Wallace toured Bryce Hospital in the 1970's and compared it to a concentration camp. The conditions were abysmal. A very big embarrassment for the state. Young Dr. Peter Bryce would have been appalled. The history of the facility is quite fascinating. But this isn't really a history lesson. The subject is the old abandoned Bryce Hospital.
The abandoned hospital is extremely creepy. And of course it is said to be haunted. After the civil war some of the big plantation owners needed people to work in the cotton fields. So who better? They enlisted the services of the black mental patients. After all, isn't hard work supposed to cure what ails you? A lot of the patients were miserable and lived horrible existences. So in a situation like that wouldn't you expect a ghost or two?
It is quite illegal to sneak into the old hospital and explore. It can be very dangerous. But that doesn't stop anyone! You can go to YouTube and see tons of videos where people have done just that. One of the best videos is a local band who went into the hospital to sing to the dead. It is really quite touching. It didn't take too long before the Alabama State Troopers showed up. Can you imagine trying to explain to the popo that you are just there to sing to dead mental patients? The premise was they were trying to soothe the souls of the departed. Instead of hauling the band into the pokey, the trooper asked for them to sing a song to HIM. They complied and after the song, the trooper told them to please vacate the premises. So they did . . . until the next day. Then they showed up again to sing to the dead. They got quite a few EVPs. I think one of them told the guys to please leave them alone. Scared the you know what out of them. I guess the departed didn't care for their type of music.