This One Creepy Building In Georgia Is The Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of

What frequents the nightmares of most people are things such as killer clowns, devastating tornadoes—and of course, abandoned insane asylums. We’ve seen a bunch of abandoned asylums in movies, and although they are normally just film sets, they still send shivers down my spine. What makes this nightmare more of a reality for me is the fact that abandoned, decrepit, rundown mental asylums do exist outside of the movies. Like, right here in our home state of Georgia.

Central State Hospital, located in Milledgeville, Georgia was at once the largest treatment facility for mental disorders in the entire state. In 1837, the Georgia State Legislature passed a bill calling for the creation of the asylum in hopes to establish specific state-run hospitals for the mentally ill. The facility opened in 1842, in the then-state capital of Milledgeville.

At one point, there was close to 12,000 people admitted to the hospital—until it closed abruptly in 2010.

Are you ready to take a look at one of the scariest places on the East coast?

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Have we totally creeped you out yet?! (I know, me too.) For some reason, people are completely fascinated with abandoned buildings—especially the ones with such an interesting and twisted past. Have you visited Central State Hospital before? Share your experience in the comments! I”ll bring the marshmallows. You bring the graham crackers. It’s time for some scary stories.