FAIRFIELD HILLS STATE HOSPITAL
FAIRFIELD HILLS STATE HOSPITAL
Fairfield Hills State Hospital was built in Newtown, CT in 1932. It was a psychiatric hospital and asylum for those who suffered from mental illness. Walter P. Crabtree principally designed the architecture of the campus-like facility. The main campus of 16 buildings was clustered on 100 acres. On the surface, a circular network of roads connected all of the buildings. Underground there was a vast network of concrete tunnels that enabled unseen movement of hospital patients, workers, and even patient corpses between the hospital buildings. The institution had a history of performing experimental shock treatment and lobotomies in its day. The hospital is credited with having been the first place to perform a lobotomy to treat mental illness in the United States. Not surprisingly, because of its controversial and unprecedented medical practices, it also had a history of mysterious deaths. The hospital closed its doors for good in 1996. At the same time, the hospital was used as a filming location for the 1996 film "Sleepers", starring Jason Patric, Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert DeNiro. Shortly after the hospital closed, people claimed to hear phantom screams emulating from various buildings and tunnels on the campus. In 2000, the facility became the subject of an episode of MTV's "Fear". The point of the show was to pick a group of 5 contestants and place them in a reputedly haunted location and lead them on a series of dares over two nights to explore whether or not the place was haunted. Local ghost hunter/medium Lorraine Warren was contacted by MTV to provide some history on the hospital. She became upset when she learned that she wasn't interviewed for a documentary, but rather an exploitive reality TV show. Fear purposely listed Fairfield Hills under a false name: St. Agnes Mental Hospital. Soon afterwards, the hospital became very popular among local ghost hunters. It gained legendary status online, as it became listed on virtually every Haunted Connecticut web site on the Internet. Many claimed to see a young petite woman in white, surrounded by a glow, staring through windows of the abandoned buildings.
Unfortunately, Fairfield Hills cannot be visited by the public today. It is now owned by the Town of Newtown and managed by the Fairfield Hills Management Committee. Severe deterioration in parts of the campus have posed the threat of imminent collapse. The entire complex has become so unstable that many of the buildings are now set for demolition. Local security has boarded up windows, doorways, and even the entrances to the tunnels to keep people out, yet local ghost hunters still attempt to break into the property. Today the campus is heavily guarded by security guards 24 hours a day, as well as Newtown police who patrol the area regularly. Despite all this, they still have their hands full. Take our advice: DON'T EVEN BOTHER GOING THERE!!! Attempting to get some evidence of ghosts is not worth getting a $92 fine and/or getting arrested for trespassing.
I have posted some pictures of Fairfield Hills in the photo section.