Spring City, Pennsylvania
Just 45 minutes northwest of Philadelphia
Tickets available online only
Must be 18 years of age to attend
The Pennhurst State School was a live-in facility for people with mental and physical handicaps. The school opened in 1908 and closed in 1987, with over 10,000 patients coming through the doors.
Pennhurst has a history of being one of the most horrific facilities of its kind due to mistreatment and abuse of its patients by not only doctors and nurses, but from all the staff, including maintenance.
The school was understaffed and barely received funds from the state to operate. Patients were trapped in metal cribs, drugged into submission, chained to their beds, and some were so isolated they couldn't speak and even lost their will to live. For patients who would bite, their tooth would be pulled--there is a rusty dentist chair in the tunnels where thousands of teeth were pulled.
Today, the caretakers believe the building and tunnels are extremely haunted by those that lived here