Iowa January 16, 2018
12 Staggering Photos Of An Abandoned Asylum Hiding In Iowa
It’s not uncommon to find abandoned buildings in Iowa. In fact, if you drive anywhere through rural Iowa, you’re almost guaranteed to see an abandoned barn or farmhouse. In our ghost towns there are abandoned factories and schools, and in some towns, there are abandoned asylums. One in particular is incredibly eerie – check out these photos of the shuttered Edinburgh Manor in Scotch Grove.
From 1850 to 1910, Edinburgh Manor was described as a "comfortable retreat for the lazy, able-bodied and willingly dependent applicants," It was, in all reality, a "poor farm".
The deal was that the poor, incurably insane and disabled tenants were given shelter and food, and in return, they would work on the agricultural farm.
Conditions at the "poor farm" were questionable at best, and horrifying at worst.
There are over 80 graves on the site, and many of the workers died under preventable, labor-related circumstances. It is said that their spirits still haunt these grounds.
When the "poor farm" was shuttered and demolished, a new building appeared on the site.
Edinburgh Manor was constructed in 1910, and opened in 1911. It was announced that the property would be home to the incurably insane, the poor and the elderly.
Like many of the earliest "mental institutions", treatment of patients at Edinburgh Manor was often cruel.
Mental illness wasn't well understood at the time, and patients were often the victims of experiments in medical science.
The property lies, now abandoned, in the middle of nowhere, between Cedar Rapids and Dubuque.
It is said to be one of the most haunted spots in Iowa, and even in the Midwest.
Ghost hunters and paranormal investigators come here from miles away to see, hear, and interact with these restless spirits themselves.
You can visit the site on a day trip and tour the Manor, which was abandoned in 2010. It looks like one day, everybody just left, never to return.
If you're brave enough, you can even spend the night here.
If you can’t get enough of creepy sites like this, you might want to gather a few thrill-seeking friends and embark on
The Haunted Road Trip That Will Lead You To The Scariest Places In Iowa. You might end up bringing some spirits along for the ride!