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What Was Discovered Inside An Abandoned Maryland Asylum Will Give You Chills

There are quite a few people that have a fascination with abandoned places. Whether it’s a curiosity into the history of what happened there, or spooky tales that become associated with a certain spot, deserted places draw intrigue. Today, we’re taking a look at one of the most infamous abandoned spots in Maryland.

Forest Haven was opened in 1925. With a chapel, theater, gym, and doctors and dentists on site, it seemed like a haven for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Patients could get 24/7 care and take advantage of the sprawling campus full of things to occupy their time. However, as the years progressed, the institution became overcrowded and there weren’t enough doctors and nurses to go around. Patients became neglected, abused, and dozens perished from aspiration pneumonia. After the horrific living conditions became public, Forest Haven was shut down in 1991.

Thanks to technology and urban exploring, we can now see what it’s like inside abandoned buildings without even leaving the house. Youtube user Your purks captured footage of the infamous Forest Haven in Laurel, Maryland. This eerie spot was previously included on our own Ultimate Terrifying Maryland Road Trip. Below, we’ve included a few screenshots from the Youtube footage, followed by the entire video which is over 18 minutes in length. Accompanied with chilling music, dimly-lit rooms, and unnerving medical supplies, we recommend watching the footage the entire way through.

But these are only a tiny fraction of what was discovered. See the entire video here…

NOTE: Only In Your State does not recommend exploring this area on your own, as it is highly guarded by security. Enter at your own risk.

Do you have family members who lived or worked at Forest Haven? Any fascinating stories? Feel free to share in the comments.

Jamie Alvarenga
Jamie Alvarenga is a freelance writer and editor living in Maryland. She's a habitual coffee drinker and photo blinker.