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Nature Is Reclaiming This One Abandoned Massachusetts Spot And It’s Actually Amazing

Urban exploration and “ruin porn” are definitely in vogue. Amateur historians, would-be archaeologists, and adventurous photographers have all found inspiration in the crumbling remains of the world’s forgotten structures. Here in Massachusetts, the Belchertown State School for the Care and Custody of Feeble Minded Persons is an irresistible target for those looking to peer into the darker corners of our state’s history. What can the rotting boards and peeling paint of this structure teach us about our past?

Today, Belchertown State School looks tranquil enough from the street. The once clipped and rolling lawns have relaxed into fields of flowering weeds and tangled underbrush. Nature is patiently but insistently reclaiming the shells of buildings so recently full of human suffering. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located at 6 Berkshire Ave, Belchertown.

Sophia
Massachusetts native. Freelance writer and strawberry eater. Get in touch: smitrokostas@onlyinyourstate.com.