NVH failed, again, to get a haunt off the ground. Trust us, we are more disappointed than you. For proof, it’s Christmas time and we are blogging about Halloween. And so, we got back to our roots.
Last weekend, November 23, NVH management decided to head to an actual haunted house to see how the “other half” live (when they died, but still seem to keep living). Our target? The Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, PA
Pennhurst is considered one of the most haunted locations in America. Originally known as the Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic it was an institution for mentally and physically disabled individuals. In 1968, NBC reporter Bill Baldini exposed the horrors at Pennhurst in a 4 part investigative report entitled, “Suffer the Little Children.” STRONGLY recommend you google that puppy and see how horrific the conditions were for the mentally challenged and socially outcast. After 79 years of controversy, Pennhurst closed on December 9, 1987. From 1908 to 1987, Pennhurst was home to more than 10,000 residents, mostly children, confined in brutal conditions. At times, the 110 acre site, which was built to house up to 1,900 children, hosted nearly 2,800 humans – stacked in the tragically understaffed and under-appreciated human warehouse. Pennhurst’s legacy stands as a sentinel to the abuse the disabled have long suffered at the hands of the ignorant and apathetic.
It also seems to stand as a gathering place for those who passed. Pennhurst, though desolate, empty, and silent, is bursting with inexplicable activity. Shadow figures, voices, lights, and even spirits which push and harass visitors. We had to find out for ourselves. Is it real? Is it all a mind game? Is it just a haunted attraction?
We have our answer….
What we found stunned us. We’ll leave the rest to you. But if you are in the haunt business, and cannot be inspired by a place like Pennhurst, you probably need to pack it in and quit. Us? We’re fired up and ready to get started…..