The School and Hospital was a facility for, the outdated term, “mentally retarded” people located in Mansfield, Connecticut and ran by the state. It was open from 1860-1993 and its former campus is now a historical district. The caretakers’ residence was also listed on the program Paranormal Witness in 2011. (FYI you can hate me for this but I personally find that show awful and yet I watch Ghost Adventures… go figure, each to their own as they say.)

The hospital opened in Lakeville as the Connecticut School for Imbeciles and later changed its name to the Connecticut Training School for the Feebleminded at Lakeville, in 1915. Two years later it merged with the Connecticut Colony for Epileptics and became the presently named school and hospital. When it opened in its merged state in 1917 there were 402 students in residence, by 1932 it was 1,070. During the Depression and World War II demand decreased for students so they faced overcrowding and long waiting lists. It increased again in the 1960’s as the attitudes changed and by 1969 there were 1609 residents along with 875 full-time staff. By 1991 with all the changes it was down to 141 people remaining as residents.

1993 saw the closure of the hospital after numerous lawsuits about the conditions of the hospital and patients were transferred. Some of the dilapidated buildings were demolished but others were saved in some form or other, and the area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. As with many of these older asylums the  anguish and torment of the patients at the hands of barbaric treatments have led to many investigations about the area being haunted. Lobotomy and Electro-shock therapy conjure up strong images from various horrors and documentaries about the way in which “barbaric” treatments were employed. The ghosts of the past if they are not intelligent could well be residual and I am sure our imaginations can certainly fill in plenty of gaps if not.

  1. Juanita says:

    Ming that was great I am 56 yrs old from ct. I was taken there n the third grade for a class trip n was traumatized. I can still remember exactly wat it looked like kids everywhere all in their underwear. It haunts me today.

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