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Abandoned Insane Asylums at Central State Hospital
Central State Hospital
Milledgeville, GA 31061
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These 115 yr. old buildings once served as asylums for he mentally insane. The oldest abandoned building was erected in 1884. All the buildings together, housed over 30,000 patients in a 90 yr. period. A majority of the patients perished during a horrible tuberculosis outbreak and of inhumane medical experiments being performed at this time. During the 1930`s lobotomies were commonly performed, in belief that they would heal an insane individual`s brain. However, anesthetic was not used and all the patients who underwent the procedure died. Also, the same tools were used over and over on the different patients causing infection and spread of diseases. Aside from the buildings being abandoned, they are said to be the homes of tortured spirits of inmates who once occupied the asylums and who suffered great pain.
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6/22/2007 10:29:00 AM
very cool place to visit. But some of the information I see here is at least exagerated. AIDS didn`t exist in the 1930s.
8/10/2007 8:14:00 AM
As parts of this hospital are STILL in use, there are NO TRESSPASSING signs posted. You WILL be arrested if you are on the property with out permission from the State of Georgia. This is a State run facility and the State will NOT give you permission.
10/3/2007 8:45:00 AM
The main building is in use and has been since the 1800`s. There are places where you can park and take photos from the park located in the center of all the asylums. A few buildings do have No Tresspassing signs and violators will be arrested. There is a museum and you can ask questions about the buildings. Some buildings you can take pictures of by walking down the sidewalks surrounding them.
10/4/2007 9:36:00 PM
That sounds pretty interesting. I`d wanna visit and go see that museum.
10/5/2007 7:58:00 AM
Last Seen: 1/16/2008 8:05:07 PM
I do want to go to the museum. It was closed last time I was there. These air raid sirens went off at 3:30 and my friends and I thought someone had escaped.
10/26/2007 2:46:00 PM
Is this place a museum???
10/31/2007 8:17:00 AM
Last Seen: 1/16/2008 8:05:07 PM
There is a museum in the old train depot located next to the main Central State Hospital building that is currently in use. I am not sure what the hours are, but I am sure they are posted online somewhere.
10/16/2008 5:50:00 PM
Last Seen: 10/21/2008 6:27:42 AM
me and my mom has visited these places and didnt care about the no trespassing signs and went right up to the buildings were we saw things like a hospital that was still being used also was ran off by the flush of ice cold wind that blew at our faces as we tried to look in one of the windows we have photos!!!!!!!we were there every week end for 7 years and the museum was NEVER open?????
10/16/2008 6:06:00 PM
Last Seen: 10/21/2008 6:27:42 AM
during the time between 1998 2003 we visited my brother at Frank Scott State Prison which used to be part of the old mental hospital and some of the floors of the prison the guards would not go on. Alot of the inmates aswell as guards saw people dressed as old hospital workers on the grounds,they were un able to use parts of the buidings because elevaters would work on their own and they couldnt get people to agree to work certian floors.During making some changes while my brother was an inmate they had to move all his dorm due to a human remian found inside the wall.There was alot of unanswered questions by the inmates and their families...still are.
1/29/2009 11:37:00 AM
You can only visit the Museum by appointment, but if you call and ask they will be more than happy to arrange for you to see the Museum during the week. PLEASE respect the fact that there are still patients being treated at this hospital.
4/30/2009 7:41:00 AM
My great great grandfather was a patient at Central State which makes me want to see it up close even more than I normally would. I don't know what his condition was and I don't know his name so I can't find any records, but I'm really curious as to why he was there and I want to know if he was one that was "experimented" on. What I find weird is, I had a dream last night that my mom, my brother, and I were at the hospital and someone told us how to get in (through the basement)so we went in and the basement was pitch black. I guess my eyes started adjusting and what came in to view on one side of me was an empty morgue (why I would think that, I don't know). I walked over to it and there was this weird man, I don't remember what he looked like exactly. He was just crouched over I think. Suddenly I saw this head, shoulders, and arms sitting on a table, all in one piece. The head's eyes rolled back slightly and the hands of the arms started pulling the skin back and exposing the brain (I don't know why there was no skull when the skin was pulled back). Then it just started shaking and making this noise like when you put an egg in a frying pan and then it started to blacken as if it was on fire (It kind of made me think of electrocution). It was one of the most gruesome things I have ever dreamed about and when I read that they did labotomies on patients there, which I had completely forgotten about, my mouth just fell open. In my opinion it made the brain part make some sense. Maybe it was just lingering in the back of my mind and came back since I had been thinking a good bit about the hospital. I fell in and out of sleep at least 4 times during this dream and never left the basement. Is this museum you're talking about on the property of the hospital? Do any of you know how long the building(s) has been abandoned?
6/8/2009 1:31:00 PM
i am a previous patient of central state and it's definitely still in use... i guess i understand the interest, but if you knew what went on inside that place you really wouldn't want to know.
6/16/2009 4:52:00 PM
Last Seen: 3/28/2012 10:15:33 AM
To the first poster, there is no mention of aids anywhere in that paragraph. However, if any of you are doing research and you are stumped, here's an interesting link I found...http://centralstatehospital.org/GENEALOGY.htm
10/25/2009 8:31:00 PM
I don't know where all if you were looking but one of the older building is definately abandoned, there are many no tresspassing but we didnt care and broke in, we had to climb up some pipes ad then up a tree to climb through a window on the second floor because all the doors and window on the firs floor are chained and boarded, it's really creepy inside! Cold spots happen a lot and weird noises. There's still files and books laying around that you can look at but it's awesome and I recommend it if you don't care abt getting caught. We had to park pretty far away and walk to it but it was like 1am so notany cars, we managed not to get caught. It's awesome, I checked it out abt 3 weeks ago.
3/28/2011 10:34:00 AM
I have been to several buildings there. And over the years, at times i have lived close to the grounds. One of the buildings does definitely have a cold breeze that flows threw the building. It will give you chills. On some very quiet nights when you could hear a pin drop you can hear screams coming from within the building. They are faint screams. I used to walk my dog to and from the Pecan orchard in the center of the grounds and one night she stopped in her tracks and i had to walk her a different way around and off the path beside one of the buildings. If you are lucky and have a video at night you might even see an "orb". I have seen one. Not with the naked eye. There are NO TRESPASSING signs all over and the buildings are very dangerous as they fall apart to the ground. If you get caught you will get arrested. I had some family that worked there back when the hospital was in it's prime. I have heard many stories and i have explored before. Every time after a good look see you will feel the urge to leave. The poor souls and spirits that are trapped there must have went through the unimaginable.
3/31/2011 7:02:00 AM
I WAS A PATIENT AT THIS PLACE 1971 -1972. AN I STILL HAVE NIGHT MARES AT TIMES. IT WAS BETTER WHEN I WAS TRUSTED TO HAVE A WALK OUT PASS. AT LEAST I COULD GO OUTSIDE AN WALK AROUND. RESTRICTED TO THE GROUNDS. A LOT OF STUFF WENT ON EVEN AT THAT TIME. MY DRS NAME WAS RAY. DO NOT REMEMBER HIS FIRST NAME. I ENJOY THIS SITE. GUS 72255....
6/30/2011 7:41:00 PM
Does anyone know anything about a priest who worked at Central State Ben Friend?
4/26/2012 7:21:00 PM
So Me and a group of around 5-7 are planning on heading out there soon. Anything I need to know or do I need a Permit or anything?
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