Searcy Hospital

Mount Vernon, Alabama

BUILT: 1900
OPERATION TIME: 1902 to 2012
STATUS: Closed


In 1900, a mental hospital was built on the former site of the Mount Vernon Arsenal in order to help relieve the overcrowding situation at Bryce Hospital, which was located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Originally, the hospital was called the “Mount Vernon Hospital” when it opened in 1902 but was renamed “Searcy Hospital” after Dr. J.T. Searcy, the hospital’s first superintendent, in 1919.

Unlike Bryce Hospital, it only treated African-Americans as a form of segregation. It remained this way up until 1969, having gotten in trouble with the Civil Rights Act from 1964. The hospital had 400 extended-care beds and 124 intermediate-care beds for patients with severe illness in 2010.

On February 15th, 2012, the Alabama Department of Mental Health announced that it was going to close three state-run mental hospitals, including Searcy Hospital. It closed October 31st, 2012. The hospital is currently haunted by those who died in the hospital.


  1. Ghost Stories and Haunted Places. “Searcy State Mental Hospital,”
  2. Ghost Stories and Haunted Places. “Searcy State Mental Hospital and Horror,”
  3. Wikipedia. “Searcy Hospital,”



For just $1.00 (or more), you can help us keep Ghostly World operating. Your support allows us to provide our content online for readers across the world. Thank you for helping Ghostly World!



Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.