I snapped some pics, and to be honest, it was all very creepy!
Below: Miscellaneous shots of Western State. NOTE: Slide shows do not always work on androids, so the pictures are best viewed on a laptop, an iPhone, or an IPad.
By Emily Dickinson:
One need not be a Chamber – to be Haunted –
One need not be a House –
The Brain has Corridors – surpassing
Material Place –
Far safer, of a Midnight Meeting
Than its interior Confronting –
That Cooler Host.
Far safer, through an Abbey gallop,
The Stones a'chase –
Than Unarmed, one's a'self encounter –
In lonesome Place –
Ourself behind ourself, concealed –
Should startle most –
Assassin hid in our Apartment
Be Horror's least.
The Body – borrows a Revolver –
He bolts the Door –
O'erlooking a superior spectre –
Or More –
In Emily Dickinson's poem at the left, she stated "One need not be a Chamber -- to be Haunted." Still, I suspect the chambers and the hallways of the Western State Hospital (above) and the DeJarnette Sanitarium (below) are haunted. If walls could talk.
The pictures in the slide show below are from Atlas Obscure, HERE:
From Atlas Obscura: "DeJarnette was a respected doctor among the white Virginia elite at the time, but his career would ultimately be defined by his strong support for eugenics, specifically the forced sterilization of the mentally ill and others he deemed 'defective.'" More info is HERE.
From MadInAmerica.com: "“Though Dr. DeJarnette’s sterilization practices were heinous, they weren’t the worst of his work. He used the inmates in his asylum as guinea pigs in various experiments. These included blood transfusions between patients on opposite ends of the psychiatric spectrum, such as taking blood from a hyperactive patient and injecting it into a depressed one. He also used extreme x-ray exposure as a method of sterilization, which almost certainly would have left its patients with adverse side effects."