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DANVERS STATE HOSPITAL, DANVERS

Danvers State Hospital is said to have been the real-life inspiration for H.P. Lovecraft’s Arkham Sanatorium.

When the hospital was open American physician Walter Jackson Freeman II carried out a number of lobotomies and a small number of the patients did see some slight benefits, but most had adverse effects and visitors would often report seeing patients aimlessly wandering the halls or simply staring at blank walls.

In short, there was a great deal of pain and suffering here and the patients were subjected to some brutal conditions so it is really no surprise that Danvers State Hospital is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Massachusetts!

Apparitions of former patients who died at the hospital are fairly common in the building and the grounds. The entire place seems to be shrouded in a very eerie atmosphere.

It is usually guarded well to stop would-be ghost hunters from breaking in and to date, just one group has ever been granted access to the hospital for a paranormal investigation outside of the television shows that have featured it.

Much of the hospital has actually been demolished and all that remains are the tunnels, cemeteries and the outer shell of the administration block and Wings D and G.

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