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Henryton Sanitarium - November 2008 : I'd heard Henryton was easy to get into and shoot, despite warnings of asbestos, severe vandalism, and it being *almost* a TOURIST attraction.

I went on two separate shoots, the first being a bit of a washout, due to being cut short by human factors. Loud, let's-bust-up-some-stuff, drunk ones apparently. So, the first time was much more of a recon mission, shall we say. I had to be invisible and able to get away quickly if things got ugly, which limited me to mostly outside stuff.

Henryton site is HUGE, with many different buildings. It's easy to get to and into, and is extremely popular with roving bands of *scairt* GURLEENS sporting headband flashlights and baby blue surgical masks, the occasional clan of Goth People, and finally those that think this would be a great place to play GhostHunters with their CHIRREN, for crying out loud. For that reason, and it's rather isolated location, if you get in trouble here due to PEOPLE, which is faaaar more likely than anything from The Beyond, no one WILL hear you scream. Or if they do, TRUST me, Honeylamb, they are going to be RUNNING from yer ass as fast as they can due to being scared right into MessyPants.

It's extremely dangerous from the broken glass/hazardous debris/asbestoes/structural integrity perspectives, to say nothing of the drunken vandal perpective.

Some history of the place I gleaned somewhere:


"The facility was established in the 1920s as a tuberculosis hospital for the "Negro" population. The hospital was converted to a facility serving the developmentally disabled population in 1962, and closed in 1985. It has been vacant since closing. However, the Maryland State Police currently use the facility on a part-time basis to train police dogs and demonstrate how to conduct searches, etc.

The hospital campus consists of eighteen buildings, with a total of 228,000 square feet. The campus is located on 46 acres in the middle of a State Park. The main buildings at the hospital include three connecting multi-story structures, built between the 1920s and 1940, containing approximately 119,000 square feet. The earliest building comprised the original tuberculosis hospital. Two additions were built and renovations were made to the original building between the time of the original construction and 1940. 

The property is currently for sale and having trouble selling due to environmental issues and the historical value of the buildings, some of which cannot be torn down."

So with all THAT outta the way, please enjoy the Skewed View of Henryton Sanitarium.

Henryton Sanitarium - November 2008

theskewedeye

I'd heard Henryton was easy to get into and shoot, despite warnings of ...

Updated: Dec 17, 2008 7:23pm PST

Lorton Prison : With gas @ $4 a gallon, and an extremely thirsty, yet trusty SUV, I've drastically curtailed my wanderings to far flung locations to satisfy my obsession with the rotting and forgotten. So, it was a gorgeous August day, and the Voice said, "Well ya know, you have something quite interesting just down the road from you in Lorton - Lorton Prison." So I discovered what looked like a perfect back door into it, and amazingly just waltzed my azz on in.

The following images are from a number of locations that were the Lorton Complex, including an abandoned farm the inmates used to work. It was a very intense experience to photograph the locations due to the history of the prison, and the obvious residual energy that remains soaked into the walls. Most of the images are from the Power Plant, an UrbEx slice of heaven.

A personally disturbing fact to me is the opening this September of the Max Security buildings (third to last pic in the gallery) as an ARTISTs space. There are such, how do I put this, residual energy problems here that I wouldn't even CONSIDER having a workspace here. Thank GOD they didn't go with the original plan of making the same spaces into condos!
So, all that said, please enjoy what most probably are the last illicitly photographed images of what once was one of the most notorious prisons in the US.

Lorton Prison

theskewedeye

With gas @ $4 a gallon, and an extremely thirsty, yet trusty SUV, I've ...

Updated: Dec 17, 2008 6:27pm PST

Abandoned Buildings : These pictures are of the former Dice's Tire Shop, house, and pool, now abandoned waiting to be demolished to make way for a Home Depot.

Abandoned Buildings

ericseyes

These pictures are of the former Dice's Tire Shop, house, and pool, no ...

Updated: Sep 13, 2008 7:09am PST

Route 30 West : I felllllt it. Took one look, and "knew". Route 30 West in Pennsylvania, west of Gettysburg. Some strange area, der hon. 
So thick with "odd" it seems to hang in the air. These are some of the images taken on the Exploration.

Route 30 West

theskewedeye

I felllllt it. Took one look, and "knew". Route 30 West in Pennsylvani ...

Updated: Feb 16, 2008 10:29am PST

Longhorn Quarry : The Longhorn Quarry, on the northeast side of San Antonio, has been shut down for years. The one rumor I've heard is that it was closed in the 80's for not correcting serious safety violations.

Longhorn Quarry

Brandon Lingle

The Longhorn Quarry, on the northeast side of San Antonio, has been sh ...

Updated: May 18, 2007 9:48am PST