Haunted Owings Mills MD: Rosewood Mental Hospital ”Maryland’s Shame”
Baltimore Fishbowl writes: “You know those creepy mental asylums in horror movies? Well, this story about Rosewood, the Baltimore-area mental hospital that closed in 2009, is about that bad.”
The Rosewood Center (originally known the Maryland Asylum and Training School for the Feeble Minded, est. 1888) is an abandoned mental hospital on the outskirts of Baltimore.
"Overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed throughout its existence", the Baltimore Sun in a 1949 exposé referred to Rosewood as “Maryland’s Shame.”
The state closed Rosewood’s doors on June 30, 2009 due to ”a mountain of angry complaints involving patient abuse, and neglect.”
One such story involves the Rosewood girls as recounted in the Slate.com article, “A Forgotten Scandal in Baltimore’s High Society" Their story is as follows:
For more than 20 years, some of Baltimore’s wealthiest and most established families had been helping themselves to the institutionalized patients at Rosewood. They’d been “adopting” these mentally challenged girls and women only to turn them into their own private slaves.
Many fell victim to abuse in these high-society homes. “A few of the women so overworked and underfed their imbecile maids,” … “that several of them died within two or three years after their release, mostly of acute pulmonary tuberculosis.”
Once they proved poor housekeepers, the women were eventually tossed out on the streets. And here, things got even grimmer—the former Rosewood girls saw “a sad peregrination through the whorehouses and flophouses of the slums,”
According to local legends, the hospital is haunted. The apparition of woman reportedly sometimes can be seen at the third floor window of the main building.
References: [Baltimore Fishbowl] [Slate.com] [Baltimore Sun]
Rosewood Mental Hospital, Owings Mills MD (2011). Baltimore Magazine. Sue Tatterson
Rosewood Mental Hospital, Owings Mills MD (2009). Wikipedia. SheepNotGoats
A compilation of stories about Rosewood Mental Hospital.
Note: Would caution against paranormal investigators visiting these structures due to environmental and/or structural hazards. Maryland’s DHMH will likely not grant you film permissions and legal access inside the buildings. The standard advice of course is don’t commit trespassing.