May 24, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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St Albans Sanatorium is popular with "paranormal groups" hunting for ghost or "paranormal activity". However they do facilitate private "photo tours", after a brief intro tour we will have 4 hours on our own to walk around the complex and shoot.
St Albans Lutheran Boys School came into existence in 1892; members of the Powhatan, Shawnee and Cherokee Indian tribes inhabited this land. The Draper’s Meadow Massacre
in 1775 tells the story of the horrors faced by early pioneers and of Mary Draper Ingles journey home after her capture by the Shawnees. The Civil War also had its share of violence on this hill overlooking the New River. In 1865 Union forces defeated Confederate forces during the battles of Newbern and Cloyd’s Mountain. Union artillery bombarded the settlement of Central Depot (now the city of Radford) from the ridge where St Albans stands today.
St Albans Sanatorium 1916- on
In 1916 Dr. J.C. King converted St Albans from a boy’s school to a hospital for the mentally ill and St Albans Sanatorium came into existence. Even though the treatment of mental disorders at St Albans was far superior to the care given to “lunatics” at other facilities, many patients succumbed as a result of the experimental treatments performed at this institution. Insulin Coma Therapy (ICT), Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Hydro Shock Therapy (HST) all resulted in a significant number of fatalities.
It is a 2.5-hour drive each way, and it would be cost effective if we car-pooled and shared expense of gas. I will be driving and have room for 2 people + gear. If you are willing to car pool please leave a message in the comments.
We will leave Charlottesville around noon and return around 8:30pm. Our shoot time will be 2pm - 6pm ,so it is a long day.
Cost: $25 per person, Cash or Check to St. Albans Sanatorium.