Glenn Dale Hospital in Glenn Dale, Maryland


Glenn Dale Hospital in Glenn Dale, Maryland

Location: Glenn Dale, Maryland, USA
Built: Early 1900s
Operation Time: 1900s – 1970s
Status: Abandoned

History:

The Glenn Dale Hospital was very successful in the early 1900s, but it was abandoned in the 1970s. It was made up of six different buildings on opposite sides of the road, but the hauntings seem to take place in the two structures that lay closest to the road on the right. To add to the already disturbing appearance of the hospital, most of the doors have been broken. Unused medical equipment has been abandoned within the walls of the Glenn Dale Hospital.

Manifestations include patients wandering the second floor, smoke emerging from the crematorium as if it were in use, and a large pack of ghostly dogs. There have been reports of banging on the walls, yelling, screaming, and laughter. From the inside, there is sometimes the odor of burning flesh coming from the crematorium.

In one of the rooms of the hospital, there have been sightings of a man in a straitjacket. The man had become mentally unstable after an intruder had murdered his family as he hid in the closet. He had felt extremely guilty for not helping his family, and he eventually committed suicide after he broke into the medication room. There, he overdosed on medication.

Urban legend said that the large incinerator was used to burn human remains. However, this is untrue, as the hospital used its crematoriums for the burning of its dead. The incinerator was simply used to burn hospital waste. Like many sanitariums, the children’s and adults’ buildings are connected by an underground tunnel system built for doctors and nurses to utilize.

The tunnels are now in poor condition, having pieces of rusty, sharp metal, cloth, and debris hanging out of the ceiling. Garbage, broken glass, and graffiti are just some of the problems found on the ground. Asbestos and lead paint make it even more unsafe. Each of the hospitals’ basements have their own morgue, and they have each become the site of vandalism. In addition, bats, rats, and other pests infest the area. Parts of the walkways are flooded with nearly three feet of water.

In 1994, Maryland set forth a new law that required if the grounds are sold, then they are supposed to be used as a continuing care retirement community, and that the rest of the land be used as an open space park. A year later, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aka MNCPPC, purchased Glenn Dale Hospital from the District of Columbia.

In June, 2010, the MNCPPC advertised proposals to purchase the hospital “as is”. However, the surrounding 150 acres of land would remain in the hands of the group. While final bids were supposed to be in on September 14th, 2010, the deadline extended to October 15th of the same year.

Only two bids were received, but neither were accepted since neither bidder was licensed to operate a continuing care retirement community. The Countywide Historic Preservation Staff of MNCPPC made attempts to make the hospital part of the National Register of Historic Places, which was successfully accomplished in November, 2011. There is a possibility of the building being demolished.

Buildings:

There are several buildings in the hospital’s campus. They are: Children’s Nurses’ Home; Children’s Hospital Building; Residence “D” Dormitory; Building “C” Nurses’ Home; Building “F” Duplex House; Building “D” Doctor’s House; Building “G” Duplex House (Superintendent’s Residence); Adult Hospital Building; Warehouse and Mechanics Garage; Heating and Power Plant; Sludge Bed Enclosure; Sedimentation and Control Building; Water Softener House; Pump House; Employee Building; Laundry; Residence “C” Dormitory; Hot House; Four Apartment Building No. 1; Four Apartment Building No. 2; Paint and Repair Shop; Incinerator; Art Rooms; Staff Housing; Nurses’ Homes; Playgrounds; Theater; Seclusion Rooms; Storage Areas; Chapels; Morgues;  Boiler Rooms

Popular Culture:

  • An award-winning post in the Washington Post Magazine entitled “Quarantined” from December 10th, 2006 featured the hospital.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. This sounds like a really messed up place :O x

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    1. I hate regular hospitals to begin with. Haunted hospitals? A different story. Let’s just say I like them when I’m not the patient.

      Ghostly World
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      1. Haha, you hate them, except the most creepy ones :p
        You make no sense at all 😀 x

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      2. The only thing that makes sense about me is that I make no sense at all.

        Ghostly World
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      3. That’s deep 😮

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      4. :T

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      5. 😛

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      6. Adding a ‘Visitor Center’ page with all kinds of new Ghostly World features by the way.

        Ghostly World
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      7. Yyay! 😀 Like what?

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      8. Games, quizzes, activities, a ‘help desk’, information, etc. And I’m open to suggestions if you have any ideas. 😀

        Ghostly World
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      9. Cool 😀 I’ll think and see if I can come up with something.

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      10. Ok! I am adding a suggestion box if you do come up with something :T

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      11. Ok 😀

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    2. Sullivan says:

      I am new to this area and found this place by accident while trying to find my way to look at house that was for sale nearby. It was raining and the whole area was flooded. All of sudden we saw the childrens hospital on our right and I was in shock. At that moment a car drove by us real fast and covered our car in road water….we almost went off the road right in front of that ghastly building. As we drove on and saw the other buildings and how extensive the grounds are, my daughter and I got the strangest spookiest feeling and demanded that my husband turn the car around “NOW!”
      We went home and looked up the area to find out what it was.
      Since then my daughter and I have had nightmares…in one there is a little girl dressed in a white gown , she has short brown hair and is standing in one of the doorways.

      In my opinion this is a large area of Supernatural activity.
      Some people are going to feel, hear, and see very strange things. Others are going to act strange against their own will.
      I know that some of you will still want to go. My advice to you is …if you begin to have nightmares or notice strange behavoir in you or your friends…do not go back.

      The buildings need to be torn down. They are not architectually significant and are beyond hope.
      They should be replaced with a park.

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      1. Hi NoAlot,

        I’m really glad you shared your experience with me, and I think I may be able to help you out. I’ll do the best I can with the knowledge I have, but, since I’m not a paranormal investigator, I can’t gurantee you this will work. Anyways, I’ll get on to the point:

        Write down your dreams in as much detail as possible. In general, these sort of nightmares are the spirits of the location trying to reach you – they want help. I’m a fan of the TV series called Paranormal Witness (on the SyFy channel), and a story similar to yours was on it. A woman was driving in Placerville, CA when she saw the apparition of a woman lying in the street. Afterwards, she had recurring nightmares with information, and the number #29 (I believe it was 29…) kept coming to her. Upon investigation, it was discovered that at mile marker #29 on the road a car accident had taken place but a few days before. A woman, a mother, had died in the crash, but her son was saved as a result. As a whole, the show features a lot of nightmares that have given information about a place. The next step would be to get a psychic medium, priest, and/or paranormal team to take a look at the place. My main recommendation is do NOT take the investigation into your own hands unless you absolutely know what you are doing. Ghosts ARE REAL, and they can be VERY DANGEROUS. Good luck and I’m hoping this works.

        PS. Would it be alright if I post this story to my site? It’s very fascinating and I’m sure there would be others who would love to read it.

        Ghostly World
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      2. Sullivan says:

        You are free to post whatever I send. I agree with you that ghosts can be dangerous, and I need to protect my daughter since it was she who the little girl appeared to. I think there is a real story behind this girl, but I will only take information that my daughter offers me of her own free will and won’t question her about dreams etc.. At the moment I am hoping that she forgets the whole thing, but if she mentions it again I will let you know. I sat down at my computer yesterday in order to try and warn some of the people who are going there for kicks, that some of them are going to be in real danger, physical and mental. The photographers and thrill seekers need to understand that those among them that are “sensitve” are in danger. They need to understand that there are ulterior motives behind why they are drawn there. For some the draw is irresistable and they should know that there are reasons behind this. I try to balance my “sensitvity” while protecting myself, and it is very hard to protect others. One last thing….though much of paranormal/supernatural in the area is now connected to the hospital, I am interested in knowing what was on that land before the hospital was built. Sometimes these areas of energy are already there. Perhaps the hospital was influenced by “it”. Also, maintenance men , would know the buildings better than anyone, and have an inside track on the stories…I wonder if any are still alive and if anyone has tried to contact them?

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      3. Thanks. Most ghosts that come to people in dreams/nightmares are just looking for help, generally needing help going over to the “other side”. Since they can’t on their own, they are looking for mortal help. Maybe this little girl needs that help. Has she come to your daughter more than once?

        I post a warning about this on the entry. I’m not sure exactly what the hospital is sitting on, but I’m guessing most of the ghosts are from the hospital. There were some pretty nasty diseases in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the cures were even more horrific. My theory is that they are just mad that they died at the hands of a doctor who didn’t know what he was doing, resulting in the many lost lives.

        As for the little girl, I cannot see her being malevolent. She probably went to your daughter for help, as she was someones daughter herself, once. Anyways, I still recommend sending a professional paranormal team, a priest, or a legitimate psychic medium.

        Ghostly World
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