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PhotoWalk: St Albans Sanatorium near Radford, VA

  • 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.

URL:
http://stalbans-virginia.com/

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.

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  • Bert N.

    Great fun. Thanks, Rick, for all the work organizing this. Hope to get up to C'ville to participate in your shoots. It's been a while. Glad you came my way.

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time. I'm going though the photos I took and I'll be upload them soon using the link

    May 26, 2014

  • Andrew

    What a great day! Thanks for organizing this amazing photo opportunity.

    May 26, 2014

  • Rick S.

    Please feel free to share your images with the rest of us at http://www.meetup.com/TheCPI/photos/22038892/

    -rick

    May 25, 2014

  • Oana M.

    Great trip with fun people. We made some amazing (I may say) light painting photos in a haunted basement. What can beat that?:)
    PS. Lisa I have some flip flops in my trunk, which I believe might be yours. What would you like me to do with them?

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Sandra B.

    Wonderful day shooting at St. Albans, met some great people and had a blast!

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Sharen M.

    long day with travel, but great fun!

    1 · May 24, 2014

  • Christine M K.

    I am so bummed. I am sick as a dog, and unless I can miraculously recover by 9am tomorrow, I wont be attending... I was really looking forward to this too.

    May 23, 2014

    • Rick S.

      OK just got off the Phone with Facilities Director they will be refunding your $25 via PayPal

      May 24, 2014

    • Christine M K.

      Oh that's great. Thank you Rick. I appreciate it.

      1 · May 24, 2014

  • richard b.

    It looks like I wont be able to make it this weekend. I hope you get some great shots.

    May 19, 2014

    • richard b.

      Doesn't look good.

      May 23, 2014

    • Rick S.

      Roger...next time... Sorry it didn't work out

      May 24, 2014

  • Sandra B.

    I cannot wait to meet everyone tomorrow at this wonderful location!

    May 23, 2014

    • Rick S.

      Welcome aboard... So should I not look for you at Fontaine to car pool?? You going to meet us there??

      May 23, 2014

    • Sandra B.

      Yes sir, I will meet you there..I don't live near cville.

      May 23, 2014

  • Bill M.

    Rick, Do to a change in plans, I unexpectedly find myself in Charlottesville for the weekend. Is it too late to sign up for this PhotoWalk?

    May 23, 2014

    • Bill M.

      OK , I've RSVP'd. I will meet you guys in Radford. I think I'll leave early and meander down the Blue Ridge Pkwy and shoot some pano's on the way.

      May 23, 2014

    • Rick S.

      OK.... You have my cell if you get stuck in Memorial Day Weekend BlueRidge Parkway traffic ;-) going to be a nice day

      May 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just need to know how to pay the $25 or can I pay when I get there

    Other then that I good to go and ready

    May 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oana said she will pick me up before going to Fontaine

      May 23, 2014

    • Rick S.

      Great!!! Thanks Oana!!

      1 · May 23, 2014

  • Lenora

    Good morning all. Looking forward to this trip. My 12 year old wants to tag along; she is a future paranormalist. Are children permitted to come? Although she keeps telling me she's not a child.

    May 7, 2014

    • Rick S.

      Did you pre-pay?? via the paypal link??

      May 21, 2014

    • Lenora

      No I was just about to but I did
      Not

      May 21, 2014

  • Rick S.

    OK here is the link to the Photo Album we will be uploading to after shoot on Sat. http://www.meetup.com/TheCPI/photos/22038892/
    Christine try uploading floor plans here

    May 21, 2014

    • Christine M K.

      Have to do it tomorrow... my laptop is down and im using my phone to type this...!

      May 21, 2014

  • Boris S.

    I regret that I have to bail out due to recent, unexpected demands on my schedule.

    May 21, 2014

    • Rick S.

      bummer :-/ thanks for updating

      May 21, 2014

  • Christine M K.

    Ok, I posted the floor layouts for St Albans. Go to the menu bar "Photos" and you should see them.

    May 21, 2014

    • Rick S.

      Not sure that Worked.... let me create a Album and you can upload to that... I'll post link in a few minutes

      May 21, 2014

  • Rick S.

    I just changed the time for us to meetup at :
    Fontaine Research Park
    400 Ray C Hunt Dr
    Charlottesville, VA[masked]
    GPS- [masked], [masked]
    Near UVA/I-64/Rt.250 By-Pass

    To car pool to 11:00am with a departure of 11:30
    Also sending out a follow up e-mail
    -rick

    May 20, 2014

  • Rick S.

    Folks...it is Awesome people are talking about carpooling and setting up rides ahead of time, however please keep in mind two things... 1) we have moved up the meetup time to 11am at Fontaine Research Park to do final carpooling set up, and depart at 11:30 2) I for one can either drive or ride if there is space in another vehicle and there maybe others who are in same position which makes meeting up at Fontaine important, besides traveling as a group. To sort out carpooling etc.... If someone needs a ride to Fontaine, please help them out if you can. I will try and send out an e-mail before the weekend....

    1 · May 7, 2014

  • Sharen M.

    I would like to carpool, or happy to be a driver if needed.

    April 30, 2014

    • Oana M.

      I think the plan is for all of us to meet at Fontaine and make the arrangements for carpooling. I can actually take a third person if someone needs a ride.

      May 6, 2014

    • Rick S.

      Thank you Oana...see main message to the group

      May 7, 2014

  • Boris S.

    Subject: carpooling
    I would like to carpool, have car or am willing to ride in yours. Sharing fuel cost is the aim, plus the pleasure of conversation. In the interest of convenience I will state my location(s): near CHS or downtown by the CPI. That's for the purpose of establishing convenience of pickup or meeting. I know one person (Kevin) who does not have a car and needs pickup. They are a ways north of town, near Fashion Square I think?
    Trying to get the most convenient solution for Kevin or others is looking cumbersome without email (I cannot simultaneously message Christine, Kevin, Sharon, Oana using the meetup system). So I am going to publish my gee mail here which is boris (at starosta ". com. If anyone would like to collaborate with me on coordinating rides, please email me.
    Kevin, I wrote you something a while ago and have not heard a reply, plus I gather Sharon offered you a ride. Where are we with carpooling you?

    May 6, 2014

  • Christine M K.

    Looking to car pool... my friend won't be able to attend, so I would like to offer an open seat for someone, perhaps two, In my car?

    May 6, 2014

  • Rick S.

    This is great that we are lining up car pooling.... Our shoot time is 2pm - 6 pm .... Google is reporting 2.5 hours drive time (estimate) If those of us car pooling from C'Ville meet at Fontaine Research Park (near Rt 29 by-pass and I-64) at 11:30 we can get organized and on the road by Noon. If the group would like to, I am not against leaving at 11:30? Meet at 11 and leave at 11:30??

    May 2, 2014

  • Terry Padalino B.

    So today I was at the Exchange Hotel & Civil War Museum in Gordonsville (they do haunted tours btw) and mentioned this outing and the lady there said it was the creepiest place since that one (and that is ranked #15 in the US for most haunted) so this should be FUN!

    May 3, 2014

  • Boris S.

    Kevin, I've got room for a couple of passengers, depending on how much gear people bring. Right now it's just me and a station wagon. Come aboard!

    April 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      If your sure it's alright I'll come along, the only thing I have is my camera bag all my camera's are already in the bag and my tri-pod

      April 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to need a ride and back to and from this, if I can get a ride I can help pay for gas for the ride

    April 28, 2014

  • Martha F.

    Darn! Sorry that I'm going to miss this one!

    April 21, 2014

  • Oana M.

    I can't bring any models (maybe a cardboard cutout) but I have three seats available in my car if we are carpooling.

    1 · April 11, 2014

  • Alison Andrews T.

    Would have loved to do this but I will be participating in an art festival that day.

    April 7, 2014

  • Christine M K.

    Do we have room for one additional attendee? My friend would love to come along for this event...

    April 7, 2014

    • Rick S.

      There is no cap on number right now... but I might cap it at 20....so we are not stepping on each others shots...if they want to attend without joining CPI I have no problem with that per se... they will still need to pay $25 and sign release... and for records can you send me name and e-mail of this person to [masked] Thanks -rick

      April 7, 2014

  • Christine M K.

    Rick, im pretty sure I have a skull or too, plus I have pro-fog machine if they have power out there (or would allow use). I also have several long black capes. Im willing to chip in on model!

    1 · April 5, 2014

    • Rick S.

      Sweet!!! How portable is the fog machine? I will check on power

      April 6, 2014

    • Christine M K.

      Its portable, but would love some help with carrying the large milk jug of fog juice. And depending on who wants to use it to set the scene, we may want to get more juice.

      April 7, 2014

  • Rick S.

    So looks like the PayPal link got munched in the e-mail
    https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=QBQRR72JHEYJE

    April 6, 2014

  • richard b.

    Rick, Claudia said she would love to mode for the shoot. She is also going to see if any of the other girls are interested.

    1 · March 27, 2014

    • Adrienne E.

      Do you have all 3 FREE models?

      April 1, 2014

    • Adrienne E.

      I have models I can contact in Charlottesville. Just let me know. I have one girl and one guy that are amazing models but they charge $50/hour lol

      April 1, 2014

  • O. T. H.

    Where do we meet for the drive to Radford? Oh--thanks Rick for a great "Truck Graveyard" trip.

    March 27, 2014

    • Rick S.

      Fontaine Research Park
      400 Ray C Hunt Dr
      Charlottesville, VA [masked]
      [masked], [masked]
      Near UVA/I-64/Rt.250 By-Pass
      Fastest and most straight forward route is via I-64/I-81

      2 · March 27, 2014

    • Adrienne E.

      Can I get a ride there and back?

      April 1, 2014

  • Andrew

    Rick, yes, my girlfriend/model will be coming as well. If this scenario is okay... she's mostly interested in posing for me, but is willing to pose for other photographers on a case-by-case basis. If anyone is interested in shooting her, please let her know when you see us!

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • Sharen M.

    love having models, don't have one so happy to contribute. Claudia was great at Swananoa! wish I could training my cats, would love a nice black cat strategically placed for mystery factor.

    March 28, 2014

  • O. T. H.

    I also love the model idea--I'd be glad to chip in on the fee.

    March 28, 2014

  • Rick S.

    I spoke with the Director of Operations at St.Albans this evening. So here is some update info:
    1) They will waive the $25 for models, provided we do not have more than 3 models
    2) They are going to set up a PayPal event for us to pay in advance, and send waivers to sign ahead of time. You can still pay the day of event if you prefer,this is just to speed up the sign-in/check-in process.
    3) We will have the place all to ourselves for the 4 hours.
    We can bring "props"...i.e. old suitcases..skulls :-).. etc.. just remember you bring it ...you carry it :-D... I will send out a follow up e-mail when I have PayPal info and waivers to sign
    -rick

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • Andrew

    I too would love to have a model along. I can ask a friend if that's okay?

    March 27, 2014

    • Rick S.

      Please do...the only thing I'm not sure of (and checking on) is if we have to "pay" St.Albans for the model(s) as part of the Group? So let us know what you work out with your friend and I'll get back to group on if models are exempt or not on the $25.00 fee

      March 27, 2014

  • Kathryn R.

    Rick - can't go to this one. We will be pointing the car toward the Western horizon on that day. Have fun.

    March 27, 2014

    • Rick S.

      Travel well....Travel Safe!!!

      March 27, 2014

  • Terry Padalino B.

    Ohhh, a model? Yes, yes, yes how do we make that happen? love that idea...I'd invite my daughter 5'11 but she will likely be on vacation with her dad that weekend. Still I'd love the idea of shoot, happy to help with costs!

    2 · March 26, 2014

  • Rick S.

    Wow.. Did not expect this quick a turn out.... Richard obviously be crazy for you to drive up here to join caravan :-) ... I think you still have my phone number so lets talk that Sat as things get underway. More importantly if your Young Model lady can come I will gladly split cost with you ( can't speak for the others, but folks might want to chip in as well).. I was thinking more "gothic" than high fashion... would she up for that?

    March 26, 2014

  • Terry Padalino B.

    So much fun. I can bring 3 others with gear.

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Christian D.

    Thanks for leading this Rick - it sounds awesome!

    1 · March 26, 2014

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