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Forest Haven

Center Avenue, Laurel, Maryland 20724 USA

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“home to hundreds of sad stories of neglect & abuse”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. Also known as the D.C. Training School, it was opened in 1925. Originally built to be a state-of-the-art compound it quickly turned into a place of all around malpractice. Patients here had developmental issues and were mostly children and young adults. Eventually Forest Haven was forced to shut down due to fines and many lawsuits against them. It has been abandoned since 1991. The grounds consist of about 20 buildings spread throughout 250 acres, the largest of which being the administration building. The grounds also house dozens of patient files that tell sad stories of neglect and abuse, and the neighboring patient cemetery has been so badly damaged by erosion that it's possible to see the coffins.  In late 2010, one urban explorer stumbled onto the remains of what was thought to be an infant in the abandoned buildings. This was proven to be a hoax by investigating police, though it sparked a much publicized newspaper article that featured a map of the ground that has oft been used by other urban explorers.  Today, 23 years after it's closure, the building continues to stand as a warning against the abuse and neglect of the mentally challenged. Get more information at: Abandoned Playgrounds 

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Reviewed by
J0ry

  • 1 Review
  • 4 Helpful
December 20, 2014
Rated 1.0

I tried to go. Security presence and check in. It is no longer abandoned.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
carissaholly

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
October 11, 2014

Its my understanding that certain areas are being used and renovated. The last time I ventured there it was pretty heavily patrolled.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Alicia

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  • 24 Helpful
May 16, 2014

http://thehypist.com/2014/01/a-real-life-american-horror-story-exploring-an-abandoned-childrens-asylum/

I wrote an article about my experience here.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Alicia

  • 35 Reviews
  • 24 Helpful
January 06, 2014

Completely stunning.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ronda.huber

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
November 28, 2013

I feel the same as budwiser.I.bush.... Why these Sturdy Historical Buildings are left to deteriorate, When they can be used for Something Good..... I say Let Nichole Curtis from Addict Rehab get he Hands on it......

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
budwiser.l.bush

  • 1 Review
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November 27, 2013

Wrong I think it should be rebuilt and made into rooms for people who can not afford a house or apartment. Put this big building to good use

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Forest Haven

Center Avenue
Laurel, Maryland
20724 USA

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