Abandoned Mansions, Houses, Towns and Cemeteries
A toxic ghost town sitting atop a massive coal fire.
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Cave of Kelpius
Where America’s first doomsday cult awaited the end of the world.
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Fountain of Youth
A stone arch leads to a cavernous 1930s spring house tucked away in the Pennsylvania woods.
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Bunkers of Alvira
Over 100 concrete munitions bunkers are all that remain of a Pennsylvanian village seized by the US government.
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Devil’s Hole Ruins
These beautiful ruins deep in the Pennsylvania woods are thought to have been a ski lodge or a speakeasy, but no one really knows.
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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
The remains of a community that was forced to move for a dam that never materialized still rot in this Pennsylvania park.
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Centralia Ghost Town Church
A mine fire has been burning under the deserted town since 1962, but this church is still going strong.
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Unmarked Grave of H.H. Holmes
America’s first serial killer rests in anonymity.
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Prince Demetrius Gallitzin Crypt
The mortal remains of a Russian prince, priest and paranormal investigator who came to America in 1792.
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Doan Outlaw Graves
The final resting place of two members of the infamous Doan gang, notorious outlaws and Revolutionary War Loyalists.
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Scripture Rocks Heritage Park
Dozens upon dozens of boulders engraved with scripture tell the story of one man’s troubled life.
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Lost Children of the Alleghenies Monument
It marks the spooky spot where the bodies of two young boys were found in the 19th century.
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Clifton, New Jersey
Clifton’s Gates of Hell
Series of storm drains connected to a dark urban legend.
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Hoboken, New Jersey
The remains of a 19th century spring, and the site of an infamous unsolved murder.
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Alpine, New Jersey
Cliff Dale Manor Ruins
Along the Palisades skyline are the ruins of a large mansion built in 1911 and demolished in the 1930s.
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Hammonton, New Jersey
Amatol Ghost Town
In the woods of New Jersey lie the ruins of a munitions village abandoned after World War I and the remnants of a 1920s wooden racetrack.
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Glen Gardner, New Jersey
Abandoned Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital
A recently abandoned psych ward at the end of Sanatorium Road.
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Vineland, New Jersey
Palace of Depression
This Great Depression-era creation was once known as the strangest house in the world.
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Jersey City, New Jersey
Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital
Now abandoned, the first public health hospital in the U.S. saw more than one million immigrants from around the world.
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Highlands, New Jersey
Sandy Hook Nike Launch Site
Rusting away on the edge of New Jersey are the remains of a Cold War missile launch site.
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New York, New York
Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital Ruins
A crumbling hospital from the 1850s on Roosevelt Island.
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Beacon, New York
Zelda Fitzgerald’s Abandoned Sanatorium
The abandoned husk of a mental institution that failed to save a Jazz Age icon still sits nearly unchanged.
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Staten Island, New York
The New York City Farm Colony
The haunting, dilapidated remains of a former poorhouse on Staten Island’s Greenbelt.
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Bronx, New York
The loneliest island in New York.
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Parksville, New York
This Central New York ghost town was once a prosperous railroad community.
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Catskill, New York
Catskill Game Farm
The abandoned ruins of America’s first private zoo are open for exploration in the Catskills.
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Stony Point, New York
Old Letchworth Village Cemetery
Hundreds of numbered stakes hidden in the woods mark the graves of the lost souls of a nearby asylum.
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Ovid, New York
Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane
An abandoned asylum where patients have been forgotten but their possessions remain.
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Sodus, New York
Abandoned Girl Scout Camp at Beechwood State Park
A deteriorating 1990s Girl Scout camp in a beautiful lush park on Lake Ontario.
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Schroon Lake, New York
This former theme park in New York’s Adirondack Mountains fell into ruin before being resurrected as a state-run campground
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New Paltz, New York
Mohonk Testimonial Gateway
This stone gatehouse was once the entrance to a historic mountain resort, and it had a cameo in a cheesy cult horror movie.
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Beacon, New York
Dennings Point Ruins
This abandoned factory on the Hudson River once churned out a million bricks a week.
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Cold Spring, New York
West Point Foundry Preserve
This abandoned ironworks was once the most important military supplier in America.
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Buffalo, New York
H.H. Richardson Complex
A beautifully designed asylum was resurrected as a hotel and art center with a ghost story or two.
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Poughkeepsie, New York
Hudson River State Hospital
This mouldering abandoned mental hospital was once a center for progressive healing.
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Staten Island, New York
This empty Victorian manse on Staten Island is said to be haunted but is actually a real life crime scene.
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Queens, New York
Neponsit Health Care Center
This Queens hospital has stood abandoned for almost 20 years after its patients were secretly relocated in the dead of night.
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Thiells, New York
Decades after testing the polio vaccine on unwitting patients, this historic mental hospital sits in ruin.
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Staten Island, New York
Remains of Fort Wadsworth
Once America’s longest-manned military fort, now an abandoned hulk.
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White Lake, New York
White Lake Mansion House Ruins
These mouldering mansion ruins remember a time when the Catskills were nothing but luxury.
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Woodstock, New York
Overlook Mountain House Ruins
A once grand hotel is being retaken by the wilderness it once capitalized on.
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Dansville, New York
Home on the Hillside, and home of the first breakfast cereal.
Centerport, New York
William Vanderbilt’s Abandoned Salt Water Pool
A millionaire’s abandoned swimming pool from the gilded age of one of America’s most distinguished families.
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Cold Spring, New York
Ruins of the Cornish Estate
A ruined mansion hidden in the woods of the Hudson Valley, home of a tragically doomed romance.
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Once-Abandoned Mansion In Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Posted in Pennsylvania
Abandoned May 25, 2023
by Beth Price-Williams
All across the Pennsylvania landscape sit abandoned places – homes, barns, and buildings crumbling and slowly being reclaimed by nature but revealing little of their pasts. While we can wistfully wonder about the history of many of these abandoned places in Pennsylvania, there’s one majestic mansion that tells a tragic tale of heartache, loss, and hope. This once-abandoned mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania even has ties to the Titanic.
Some tales were just meant to begin with once upon a time, and that’s precisely the case with Lynnewood Hall, a 110-room mansion nestled in Elkins Park, less than half an hour from Philadelphia.
Construction on this Gilded Age mansion began in the waning years of the 1800s, with the Widener family, led by patriarch Peter Widener, moving into the majestic home in 1900.
Designed by architect Horace Trumbauer, Lynnewood Hall cost $8 million to build. Today, it is considered by many the last of Philadelphia’s Gilded Age mansions.
Within years of moving into the Philadelphia-area mansion, the Widener family faced unspeakable tragedy. Peter Widener’s son George, daughter-in-law Eleanor, and grandson Harry traveled to Paris in 1912.
The Wideners had made the trans-Atlantic journey with the purpose of finding a chef for The Ritz Carlton, at that time a new hotel in Philadelphia.
The photo above is of patriarch Peter Widener.
Together with two servants, the Widener family checked into their first-class accommodation on the Titanic to make the return trip home to the United States. Only two would survive the journey.
Above is a photo of Harry Widener.
After the Titanic hit an iceberg on April 14, 1912, Eleanor and her servant sought refuge on one of the lifeboats while George, Harry, and their servant went down with the ship.
Eleanor went on to remarry, continued traveling the world, and died in Paris in 1937 when she was 76 years old.
The above photo is of Eleanor Widener.
Just two years later, Peter Widener would pass away at the age of 80. Ownership of Lynnewood Hall changed numerous times over the years, eventually being purchased by the First Korean Church of New York.
Upkeep of the mansion, however, proved too steep, and Lynnewood Hall was eventually abandoned. Some hoped to have the mansion demolished and the area developed, but that all changed in 2023.
With the Lynnewood Hall Preservation Foundation at the helm, the Gilded Age mansion has been purchased. Plans, including fundraising, for restoring the home and gardens are currently underway.
Learn more about the effort to restore Lynnewood Hall to its former glory on the Lynnewood Hall Preservation Foundation website. Or, stop by the Lynnewood Hall Preservation Foundation Facebook page.
Take a virtual tour of Lynnewood Hall with this YouTube Video, shared by Bros of Decay.
Have you heard about Lynnewood Hall, a once-abandoned mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania? Let us know in the comments! If abandoned places fascinate you, how about setting off on this road trip to the most abandoned places in Pennsylvania?
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Address: Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, PA, USA
Abandoned Pennsylvania – Forgotten in the Past (READ THE RULES!) — LiveJournal
This trip to Pennsylvania surprised me with a large number of different abandoned objects that I encountered along the way. And this despite the fact that I did not specifically look for them, but simply saw them from the car when I was driving by. Moreover, these were not just collapsed empty houses, but huge mansions, farms, hotels and even a small town. And all this is in excellent condition for abandoned objects. As if all the people gathered on the same day and just went on vacation, from which they still have not returned. Most of all I was struck by the old city, which I met on one of the roads inside the national park.
The feeling of being in such a place is very strange. There is an unusual silence around, and only the soft chirping of birds is heard, and occasionally, maybe a bee will fly by. Overhead, an endless blue sky with high dense clouds that comfortably covered the sun. Beautiful, but not high mountains with green overgrown slopes rise above the horizon. Age-old trees grow on the sides of the road, under which you want to sit down and drink ice-cold water, so desired on a hot summer afternoon. And around the extinct old city, which looks at you from all sides with dozens of empty windows. It looks like it is not a city, but a living being, whose sleep was disturbed by a random traveler.
It’s like you fell asleep and dreamed of a Stephen King novel in which you are the main character and the worst is about to begin. You got out of your car, in which the radio is still playing some popular song, you stand on an empty street in the middle of a city with perfect asphalt and you realize that this is not real, it’s just another old city on your way. And its inhabitants, probably, left in the morning on business, and should return any minute. Just now, an old red Plymouth with a woman behind the wheel and two kids in the back seat will appear around the corner. But then you look into the window of the nearest house, and there is only emptiness, cold and the smell of dampness. And in the next window of the post office, there is also emptiness and a thick layer of dust on the furniture. And the lock on the church has long since rusted, although the announcement on its doors about the cancellation of tomorrow’s meeting seems quite fresh. Then you see mowed lawns all around, and you realize that there are no mowed lawns in abandoned cities. And there is. And that makes it even more unsettling. I want to pinch myself and wake up sooner. But this is not a dream. This is actually happening. You are in the town of Walpack, which is located almost on the very border of the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
How did it happen, you will probably ask after reading everything. I’m telling. The town of Walpack was founded in 1731 under the name Walpake, derived from the Native American word wahlpeck, which in the language of the Lenape tribe who inhabited these places meant “whirlpool”. It was an ordinary town with a small population, consisting of a dozen households, living on agriculture and a road passing nearby. There were dozens of such towns on both banks of the wide Delaware River. The general development of the country had practically no effect on his life, except that the roads became wider, and cars instead of horses ran along them. Progress almost did not change the centuries-old way of life of the inhabitants. Someone left for big cities for a long dollar, someone stayed here and eventually moved to a nearby cemetery. Above the city there was still the same endless blue sky, and all around the same endless green fields.
All this lasted until the beginning of the 60s of the last century, when the government decided to build a hydroelectric power plant with a dam downstream of the river, as a result of which all the surrounding land should have been at the bottom of a huge reservoir. The US Army Corps of Engineers took over the design and preparation work, under whose control all the surrounding lands were transferred. Naturally, the entire local population was categorically against the plans of the government, as a result of which they had to lose the lands on which their ancestors had lived for several centuries. The army began to put pressure on the residents quite severely, forcing them to sell their land and move to other places, threatening to stop the repair and maintenance of the surrounding roads, as a result of which they would become unsuitable for the movement of school buses, ambulances and fire trucks, and the residents themselves would not be able to reach their homes . As a result, many people left their homes and sold their land to the state. But the tactics of the military were called terrorist and caused a stormy response in the press.
As a result, environmentalists joined the process, who were able to prove planning errors due to unstable soils at the construction site, the movements of which could lead to the destruction of the dam and the flooding of a large amount of land. So the project was put on hold, the army temporarily retreated, and hippies began to occupy numerous empty houses. Outside was the end of the 60s. The more hippies settled here, the more people who wanted to learn about the place on the river bank, came and occupied the remaining houses. In the end, they occupied almost the entire territory and created a huge commune on the New Jersey side. They called the place the Cloud Farm, organizing a self-sufficient economy based on love and unity on its territory. They called themselves river dwellers.
Local residents, having defeated the army, faced a new scourge that came to their lands. Despite the peaceful nature of the hippies, they made a lot of noise and dirt, they lived on social benefits that devastated the local budget, and often did not want to see the boundaries between their own and others. Since the territory was still under the control of the army, the locals had no choice but to turn to their recent sworn enemies for help. The army and the government joined in resolving the issue with full dedication. The hippies were a thorn in the heel of American society and they couldn’t miss this chance.
In 1974, a whole army of federal marshals, accompanied by armed soldiers, army bulldozers and other equipment, swooped down on the territory. After the announcement of the eviction order, which, of course, remained unanswered, tear gas was fired into the houses. Hippies with things were thrown out into the street, and the buildings themselves were immediately leveled to the ground, giving them no chance of returning.
All these events finally turned public opinion against the dam project, and in 19In 78, it was abolished at the congressional level. The land was transferred to the National Forest Service, and then a national park was created on its part. This placed restrictions on new construction and the sale of owned land within its territory.
As a result, by 2010 the population of the town was reduced to 16 residents living on the surrounding farms, and part of the houses in the central part of the city (pictured) were used for temporary accommodation of the national park staff. At the time of my visit, all the houses were empty. Perhaps some of them are still occasionally used, but I did not find any traces of human presence.
The city is part of a national park, so it is looked after by cutting the grass and taking out the rubbish that rare tourists leave in containers.
More photos of abandoned houses taken in the vicinity. But this time without such a rich history. The reason is usually banal – the economic crisis. There are so many abandoned places that at some point I even stopped stopping when I saw another farm. And after all, I met all this along the main roads. What then happens in the depths?
An abandoned house with a burnt tree.
Chairs with capes still stand on the veranda.
A group of buildings at an intersection. Two residential buildings.
And two shops.
Apparently, they were abandoned not so long ago.
All glasses are intact.
Inside is a typical rural shop.
Mirrors for observing the hall.
Second store. Residential houses in the distance.
Once there was an antique market here.
Behind everything is already overgrown.
This house was in a picturesque location right in front of the mountainside. On the left is a slope, on the right is a road and a mountain river.
Either the traces of last year’s hurricane, or the vandals have already tried.
The house has been in this state for a long time. I think five years, at least. It’s a pity. Really good place.
You will surely have a natural question: is it possible to come and settle there? I think no. First, it is not clear to whom it belongs. If it is abandoned, then this does not mean at all that it does not have an owner. Private property in America is sacred. Secondly, this is the territory of the national park, and local rangers will quickly figure you out, fine you and kick you out. I think that the maximum you can count on is an overnight stay for a few days. And that’s illegal. You can put up a tent and spend the night only in specially designated places, having previously paid for them.
On my way inland, I came across a large abandoned hotel.
Surprisingly, despite the general neglect, all the windows are intact.
Although there are no fences and guards, and you can easily get inside.
Come in – I don’t want to. I did not go.
The only warning is a sign saying no trespassing on private property. Even if you collect mushrooms or berries. But penetration without intent is not a criminal offense, but a violation of the type of illegal parking, and the maximum that threatens you is a fine. Although it can be quite noticeable. It was about $2,500 here. But I think this is the top bar. For the first time, most likely, it will be in the region of a hundred.
Hotel name. It occupies a fairly large area, and there is certainly where to climb and what to photograph.
That’s all. Thanks for reading.
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Abandoned Penn Hills Resort in Pennsylvania, USA
Americans have long had a tradition of going on honeymoon. Therefore, in the 20th century, hundreds of hotels and resorts for honeymooners were actively built throughout the country . Of course, over time, some of these places are closed or ruined, turning into abandoned places. This article is about just such an abandoned hotel – Penn Hills Resort in Pennsylvania .
Back in 1944, in the town of Analomnik , a small tavern was opened. On the site of which, literally in 10 years, a huge resort hotel for newlyweds has grown.
More than 100 different rooms were available for guests. The most budget accommodation was made in a 3-storey building next to the pool.
Great views, spacious rooms with red heart shaped baths. Today everything looks very different. A place where love and romance once lived, now resembles scenes from horror films.
Just a few years ago, the numbers looked relatively intact. But local teenagers, fires and time did their job.
Tennis courts, a swimming pool, an indoor skating rink, and restaurants were located on the territory of several kilometers. Interesting shots can be seen in old commercials.
How did it happen? The history of the collapse of Penn Hills Resort
The place was positioned as a paradise in the mountains Pocono (Pocono Mountains) . There were hard times here, but there was also a heyday – the bright 60s. This resort was known in many parts of the United States. However, in the early 90s, the demand for such hotels for honeymooners began to fall, but the cost of maintenance only grew.
Hotel owner, Frances Paolillo , died 2009year at the age of 102. A few months later, the resort was closed. The accounts of the management company were empty, and the debt amounted to about a million dollars. Most of the workers were fired without the last pay.
Why didn’t you find investors? In fact, they were found, even a deal was made to purchase land and real estate. But , an abandoned hotel in Pennsylvania , required not only a financial injection, but also a modernization of the concept. After all, approaches in the hotel business have changed, and resorts for honeymooners have lost popularity.
While investors were deciding what to do and how to upgrade Penn Hills Resort , there was a big fire. Locals suspected arson and there were reasons for that. Firstly, no one particularly liked the idea of \u200b\u200bcoexisting with such an abandoned place. Secondly, insurance payments, which were much more interesting than the long work of renovating the hotel.
As a result, no one remained in the black. The new owner abandoned the idea and left the facility with losses. Part of the resort was simply demolished, and the other part of it became even more neglected.
What’s left of the premium rooms at Penn Hills Resort?
In addition to classic rooms, the resort had other options for relaxation. For example, here are the following townhouses:
Very few of them survived, some of these buildings were destroyed by fire.
The rooms looked bright and catchy, as required by the atmosphere of the 60s. Pillar round bed, signature heart-shaped bathtub and panoramic deck. On the ground floor there was a personal kitchen and of course no places for children (children are not provided in such hotels).
Burnt buildings and pool view.
Those same red heart-shaped bathtubs are found throughout the abandoned hotel.
A little further from the pool are detached villas. Surely a night in such a house cost a tidy sum.
The hotel, as it should be, is covered with many different mystical stories. So on the walls of some rooms you can find messages from Eric Frain – serial killer.
In addition to residential buildings, abandoned administrative buildings and even equipment remained on the territory of the resort.
The abandoned Penn Hills Resort in Pennsylvania leaves sad thoughts. It’s a shame to see such places in this form, but abandoned – there are abandoned, both in America and in Belarus. If you are interested in this topic, then check out another article – Abandoned amusement park in New Orleans.