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Pennhurst State School and Hospital has a fascinating, but sad history dating from 1908 to 1987. This state school and hospital was originally created to separate the mentally handicapped and epileptic from what was considered normal society. But it wasn’t long when orphans were added to the mix.Children of varying ages lived in the massive buildings and cottages. But Pennhurst was severely underfunded, over populated, and understaffed. This led to patient abuse by some staff and other residents. The children of Pennhurst failed to thrive and most have regressed.Today, parts of Pennhurst have been turned into a Halloween attraction. Although it remains controversial, Pennhurst has a huge draw of curious onlookers, including me. This book is intended to explore a bit of Mayflower’s past as well as give a glimpse into what its like to work in a haunted building.Do you believe in ghosts? A nurse who gives invisible shots, a girl who likes to dart into corners and a man who still sits in the common room are just three of the spirits haunting the Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, Pennsylvania. How do I know that? I have spent a Halloween season working in the Mayflower building, 2nd floor and have witnessed the paranormal activity first hand. Twenty-five years ago, Pennhurst State School and Mental Hospital was closed down due to patient abuse. Today Pennhurst has been turned into a Halloween attraction. I took a job as an orderly working in the Mayflower building, one of the most spiritually active of all the buildings. People are fascinated with Pennhurst and want to know more of its past and its present. Intrigued.
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