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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Haunted Alabama - Searcy Hospital


Location: Mount Vernon, Alabama, USA (ZIP - 36560)
Operation Time: 1902 - 2013 (expected)
Type: Not Kirkbride Plan
Status: Open

History
In 1900, a new mental hospital was built on the former site of the Mount Vernon Arsenal to take care of the overcrowding at Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa. Originally, the facility was called the Mount Vernon Hospital when it opened in 1902, but was renamed to Searcy Hospital in 1919 after Dr. J. T. Searcy, the hospital's first superintendent.

Unlike Bryce Hospital, it only treated African-Americans (which only occured until 1969, having been in trouble from the Civil Rights Act of '64). The hospital had 400 extended-care beds and 124 intermediate-care beds for patients with severe illness in 2010. It was announced on February 15th, 2012 by the Alabama Department of Mental Health that it was going to close Searcy and all but two of its other state-run mental hospitals. It is expected to fully close by September of 2013.

Key Points
  • Built in 1900 on the former site of the Mount Vernon Arsenal.
  • Created to take care of Bryce Hospital's overcrowding.
  • Originally called Mount Vernon Hospital when it opened in 1902.
  • Renamed Searcy Hospital in 1919 for Dr. J. T. Searcy.
  • Only treated African-Americans up until 1969.
  • Probably haunted by restless souls.
  • Alabama Department of Mental Health announces on February 15th, 2012 that Searecy would close by September, 2013.
Key People
  • J. T. Searcy - The hospital's first superintendent.
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18 comments:

  1. Nothing is creepier than driving through the front gate at Searcy Hospital. I did my nursing clinicals there and our instructer had worked there for many years. She took us on an extended tour past all the old closed buildings and also to see the door where Geronimo was held. I hope they open this place to the public as a historic site! I even took my kids by there where they could see the door, but they couldn't go past the first building due to it is still a working hospital.

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    1. I hope they do reopen it as well...I'm sure it has a lot of great history to offer. That's amazing that you trained there! I imagine Searcy's a pretty freaky place.
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  2. I live in mt. Vernon Alabama I have drove by searcy hospital my whole life . it is diving me crazy that I have never been inside before . I want to go investigate a lil one night but im also terrified to do so . but I am going to do it anyway to conquer my fear . security beware !!!!!!!

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    1. I'm one of the security officers and its a very exciting place

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    2. Is there any way to get a list of the patient's names? I'm asking because I'm working on my family tree and it has led me straight to Mt Vernon, AL.

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    3. myself & a couple photographer friends would like to visit. any idea who we would contact 2 gain permission 2 explore. we would be willin 2 give free photos.... high0on0life@gmail.com or 251-721-1039

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  3. Searcy was awarded to the state and they are letting it rot down. Such a shame!

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  4. work there for 23yrs went on many adventures while working just to seek these socall ghost, in the strangest places, yes there are ghost there,weird stuff happen, the grave yards there are the biggest hits, and the old fort,barracks, you actally have two kind of ghost three kinda ghost you have the soldiers , idians and mental clients,probally abusing decease employees,aswell,there spirits want let them cros over, because of the way they treated the cleints,for this they have hell to pay, my personal feeling,

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  5. long live the ghost at searcy.The real true story of the walking Dead, one must actally be there about 2/3am morning to actally witness some of the most unbeleivble events,like people laughing are crying,are simply someone brush up against you are climate change etc, that place is truly haunted,i had so many episodes that happen to me,ill never gorget,

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  7. Mike of Mt. VernonJuly 20, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    My dad worked there for a little while before I was born. He told me that he went in one of the buildings that was not in operation and just walked through. He said he had the feeling that something was watching him the whole time. I also recently wrote two short stories based on the hospital, but not directly related to it or the ghostly activity. Just creepy stories I thought would be fun to write.

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  8. of course there are ghosts at Searcy hospital, abandoned souls, soldiers watching their posts. One building has a demon, I would not even look in the windows after dark of the first building on the left as you go thru the front gate. There is something waiting there for the right person. I did not talk to coworkers about what I had seen. I didn't want them to take my keys away. One night 2 nurses were outside and together they saw a soldier making his rounds. People began to speak up and many admitted to seeing him. He saw me ,too. He turned to face me as I walked by.Theres much more to see and feel at 3am.

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    1. Wow, just reading that sent chills up my arms and down my neck. pretty creepy stuff. It would be great if the Ghost Adventure guys could investigate it. I sent them an email through their fan page. I hope they get it.

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  9. I was a patient there in the early 80's. 33 days. Creepy

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  10. I'll be visiting Alabama soon---anyway to get a tour Crystal?

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  11. I work there every Saturday with the historical society, the only buildings your allowed to enter (if your a society member) is the McCafferty house and the admissions office,. Everything else is sealed up, the place has an creepy feeling like your always being watched and on serval occasions I have heard and seen a few spirits and had been pushed and scratched

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  12. that place is crawling with lost good and bad spirits.if geronimo was there along with many others. you know there has to be somthing in the air,

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  13. myself & a couple photographer friendz would love 2 visit.... any idea would we would contact 2 gain permission 2 explore?

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