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Fairfield State Hospital

Newtown, Connecticut USA

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“An abandoned hospital with a dark past..”

Fairfield State Hospital (also known as Fairfield Hills State Hospital or Fairfield Hills) was a psychiatric hospital in Newtown, Connecticut, which operated from 1931 until 1995. At its peak, the hospital housed over 4,000 patients. The entire facility was owned and operated by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health. The facility is just southeast of the center of Newtown. During its operation, treatments at Fairfield Hills included hydrotherapy, use of the drugs metrazol and insulin in shock therapy, patient seclusion, electric shock therapy, treatment of alcoholism, and frontal lobotomy. In the first year that psychosurgery was performed at Fairfield Hills over 100 patients were treated. A majority of the staff and utility buildings, along with all of the patient buildings were connected by a series of concrete tunnels. These tunnels were mostly used to move patients and equipment between the buildings, especially during the winter months and on bad weather days. Doctors, nurses, and other various workers also used the tunnels, and when required, even corpses were transported through them to the on-campus morgue. Due to the increasing safety concerns, illegal trespassing, and vandalism to buildings by parties attempting to gain access to the tunnels, the tunnels were sealed by the Town of Newtown in 2009. All access ways leading to the tunnels were welded and / or boarded shut. During demolition of certain buildings, to pave way for a recreation center, some tunnels were filled in to level the ground. Several film and television productions have used the facility as a set. The film Man to Man was shot in Kent House in the late 1950s. The 1996 feature film Sleepers used the hospital as a setting. Actors on location included Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, and Kevin Bacon. Several scenes used local boys as extras. The film adaptation of The Madman's Tale was to be filmed between October 26, 2007 and January 8, 2008. Due to complications with the cast, production was stopped before anything was filmed on location. Most infamously, An episode of MTV's Fear was shot at the hospital, its identity concealed from the participants as "St. Albans Hospital for the Criminally Ill". 

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May 14, 2017
Rated 4.0

Set your GPS for Reed Internediate school. The Waze link is wrong.

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August 13, 2014
Rated 3.0

This campus is open to the public with security patrolling the grounds. I was walking with my camera and they followed us around I guess expecting for us to break in. All the buildings are fenced off and the doors are welded shut. Still cool to walk around though.

I took a bunch of photos you can check out here: http://leftinruin.com/fairfield-campus

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May 16, 2021
Rated 1.0

Don’t bother it’s heavily guarded didn’t even make it 3 steps twords one of the buildings had a cop parked right outside of if
Also has a bunch of buildings in use like the fire department, some kind of elderly assistant home, and even a restaurant looked cool but you can’t get in easily

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A. Crews

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October 25, 2015

I just visited here today, only one or two of the buildings were fenced off the rest were boarded up but accessible- there was a security car on site but even just walking around outside and seeing the abandoned buildings was worth stopping for some pictures.

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Fairfield State Hospital

Newtown, Connecticut

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