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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]

Images:

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.

Haunted Ellicott City Maryland: The Patapsco Female Institute

The ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute are situated high above Ellicott City on Church Road. The school was one of the first female finishing schools in the south when it officially opened on January 1, 1837. It remained in operation until 1891.

The west wing featured an immense ballroom. Floors were made from a fine hardwood. The house was decorated with fine tapestries and imported furnishing and fabrics.

Despite this opulence, life at the institute was rigid. The stone building was bitterly cold in winter. Colds and sickness spread winter months and a number of girls died from influenza and croup.

One such girl was said to be Annie Van Derlot, the daughter of a rich southern planter. She died from pneumonia during her first winter at the school and her ghost is said to still linger there, roaming the ruins where her classrooms and dormitory once stood.

Ellicott City will host the Hallowread conference Oct 24-26 2014

References: The Patapsco Female Institute [EllicottCity.Net], Wikipedia

Images:

Patapsco Female Institute, Ellicott Mills MD, Students and Guests Picnic (c1850) [Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute]

Patapsco Female Institute, Ellicott City MD (c 1936), Historic American Bldgs Survey, Library of Congress. Photo: E.H. Pickering [Wikipedia]

Patapsco Female Institute, Ellicott City MD (2012), S and SW Elevations. Photos: Jennifer K. Cosham [Maryland Historic Trust Inventory]

baltimoresun:

Ever wonder what Inner Harbor looked like without the Harborplace promenade? Well, it looked a little something like this.
(via Along Baltimore’s Light Street)

baltimoresun:

Ever wonder what Inner Harbor looked like without the Harborplace promenade? Well, it looked a little something like this.

(via Along Baltimore’s Light Street)

Maryland Paranormal Research ® is now on Mixlr

Brunswick Maryland Ghost Expedition 2013

Brunswick Heritage Museum in infrared.  Photo archive maintained on Flickr.

[flickr.com/marylandparanormal]

Q: How can you know if some ghost photos are faked? 

A: Find the original image.

Analysis of faked ghost photos from the Paranormal Association. The Wem fire ghost girl shown above was faked using a postcard.
The mystery of the Wem fire ghost girl was solved largely by happenstance. 

The full story is in the Daily Mail, May 2010 “Mystery of Wem ghost solved by an 88-year-old postcard and an eagled-eyed pensioner”

[paranormal-association.com]

Q: How can you know if some ghost photos are faked? 

A: Find the original image.

Analysis of faked ghost photos from the Paranormal Association. The Wem fire ghost girl shown above was faked using a postcard.

The mystery of the Wem fire ghost girl was solved largely by happenstance. 

The full story is in the Daily Mail, May 2010 “Mystery of Wem ghost solved by an 88-year-old postcard and an eagled-eyed pensioner

[paranormal-association.com]

Internships 2014 » Maryland Paranormal Research ® 

While the original poster is from 1914, internships are available in 2014.  Visit the main web site for details.

[maryland-paranormal.com]

Internships 2014 » Maryland Paranormal Research ®

While the original poster is from 1914, internships are available in 2014.  Visit the main web site for details.

[maryland-paranormal.com]

Haunted Sykesville [Video Trailer]

Superb trailer from MAPRT on Haunted Sykesville. Well done !

[youtube.com]

Panorama of Baltimore Maryland : View from Federal Hill [1906]

Support Maryland museums and historical societies

Photo: Photographium

Panorama of Baltimore Maryland : View from Federal Hill [1906]

Support Maryland museums and historical societies

Photo: Photographium

Dealing with a Problem Ghost: What to Do About Your Household Ghost 

First of all, be certain you actually have a ghost.  You might be surprised at how many things can look or seem like a ghost… but need only a home repair.  If you do have a ghost, be certain it’s a problem
If your ghost is a problem, here are a few things to try… from our research as well as folklore. Start with one or two of these remedies It should not be necessary to use them all. 

[Source: Fiona Broome/Ghosts101.com]
Photo: Maryland Paranormal Research ®.  All rights reserved.

Dealing with a Problem Ghost: What to Do About Your Household Ghost 

First of all, be certain you actually have a ghost.  You might be surprised at how many things can look or seem like a ghost… but need only a home repair.  If you do have a ghost, be certain it’s a problem

If your ghost is a problem, here are a few things to try… from our research as well as folklore. Start with one or two of these remedies It should not be necessary to use them all. 

[Source: Fiona Broome/Ghosts101.com]

Photo: Maryland Paranormal Research ®.  All rights reserved.