In time for Halloween, Inthefingerlakes.com has posted the five”creepiest” places in the Finger Lakes. Willard Psychiatric Hospital made the list as number five.
Here’s what the site says:
#5 – Willard Psychiatric Center – Willard, NY
It goes without saying that psychiatric hospitals are a bit creepy to begin with, thanks to the way they are portrayed in movies and television. But an abandoned psych hospital? One which first opened in 1869 with it’s first patient being “a deformed, demented woman”? One which administered electro-shock treatments in the 30s and 40s? One which the attic held abandoned suitcases belonging to patients, untouched since their owners packed them decades earlier before entering the institution? Pretty high on my creep-o-meter.
Creepy as it may be now, Willard Psych Center was a huge step forward for NYS’s treatment and care for the mentally ill. Asylumprojects.com explains:
From colonial times, the care of insane persons had been a local function. Each county operated a poorhouse, or almshouse, wherein was indiscriminately lodged a hodgepodge of dependant persons: the mad, the feebleminded, the aged and crippled, drunks, epileptics and beggars. The almshouses provided custody and shelter, but “treatment” was not in their vocabulary.
The care and treatment of mentally ill at Willard changed through time, adapting to accommodate the research and evidence of effective and appropriate treatments until it was closed in 1995. So in the context of its time, Willard isn’t really creepy at all. It’s what’s left–broken glass and abandoned “stuff”–that is creepy.
For the rest of the list, click HERE.