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Caitlin

Bowie, MD

#1 Apr 10, 2006
I am looking for people who were past patients or workers at the long since vacated Glenn Dale Hospital in Glenn Dale, MD. for a book project I am working on. If you or anyone you know has had a first hand experience there while it was operating, and would not mind being interviewed please contact me at Delirium07@aol.com so we can set up when/how the interview will take place. Thank you!
Caitlin
Bayview

Churchville, MD

#2 Jan 18, 2008
Did you ever get any responses to your request? My Grandfather was housed @ Glen Dale with TB back in the 1940's. I am interestedin learning more...wondering if you found anyone?
asbestosconcern

AOL

#3 Jan 19, 2008
Wow I never would have thought I would see a comment on here about this place...As a teen friends would party at that location. And tell wild stories about it. and in adult years and being a part of real estate I found out that the building can not be torn down because of the LARGE AMOUNT OF ASBESTOS!!!! Kinda makes you wonder if u live around there??????
RickyL

Middleburg, FL

#4 May 17, 2008
I had three brothers who were there as children in the 60's. My parents and would visit every Sunday, I would see them in the yard but could not venture beyond the gates because of the disease. I would not mind being interviewed, contact me at lesesner2001@yahoo.com
Tammy Smith

United States

#5 Sep 18, 2008
My Grandmother died from TB and My two Aunts were children and were there in 1955. They were getting better and were to be adopted out. We haven't been able to locate them. My Mom did not have TB and she went to live with her aunt but the aunt did not want the other two girls. They were 3 and 4 at the time. There is going to be a gathering at the Hospital October 4th. There are going to be doctors and previous patients there. You may want to go. My sisters and I are going. We want desperately to find our aunts.

I found a lady by the name of Leah Latimer. I will try to get her email for you. She wrote a story and you can find it on the internet. Her mother was in Glenn Dale for TB but was wrongly diagnosed. She was not able to see her mom for years. She used to be a reporter for the Washington Post. She is holding the event at the hospital on the 4th. Her email is leahlatimer@comcast.net.
Holly

Glen Burnie, MD

#6 Dec 9, 2008
does anyone know what happened to the patients once they shut the hospital down? i've always been kind of curious about that.
Tammy Smith

United States

#7 Apr 16, 2009
Dear Kathy and Patricia:

If you read this, please contact us. My Mother has always dreamed of finding you. She has always talked about you and wondered where you could be. She always felt guilty being the oldest and not able to keep you two and take care of you. This was my Mom's only wish in life. Please, please, please contact us. You can put a post in here or give us a call. We want so bad to meet you.
ggr

Bowie, MD

#8 May 1, 2009
I heard it was in part an insame asylum. Is that true?
lealat

Hyattsville, MD

#9 Aug 5, 2009
RickyL wrote:
I had three brothers who were there as children in the 60's. My parents and would visit every Sunday, I would see them in the yard but could not venture beyond the gates because of the disease. I would not mind being interviewed, contact me at lesesner2001@yahoo.com
I wrote an article in the Washington Post Magazine, "Quarantined," Dec. 2006 (my mother was a patient there.). I am inviting everyone to contact me to share their/family history stories for another piece I am doing on the sanatorium. I am at leahlatimer@comcast.net.
kram

Temple Hills, MD

#10 Aug 19, 2009
Holly wrote:
does anyone know what happened to the patients once they shut the hospital down? i've always been kind of curious about that.
as you may know, around the 50's or 60's, it became a general hospital as TB died down, and then, supposedly in the 70's, it became a mental hospital before finally shutting down in 1982. as the hospital began to shut down, these mental people were simply released into the streets. with no knowledge of any family to speak of, some found their way back into the place. there have been reports, and way more commonly, rumors that these insane people still inhabit the place, hence the vandalism.
kram

Temple Hills, MD

#11 Aug 19, 2009
ggr wrote:
I heard it was in part an insame asylum. Is that true?
oh yes. if you read my reply to holly above, you will find out more.
Donna

United States

#12 Aug 27, 2009
I ride past the hospital everyday going to and coming from work. We have lived in PG County since 1964 and I remember my parents telling us about this place. It closed in the early 80's. Funny thing my daughter's class of 02 took senior skip day and they all went up there to take pics and look around. They said they felt spirits and sadness. If people just went there to look and take pics etc and not destroy the things left behind it could have been a real nice piece of history. I heard that someone was trying to buy the property to renovate it to some kind of housing. Not sure though but there is a trailor parked in front of the childrens building and there is always a car out there. Looks like developers. The area is actually very beautiful. I want to know more about the place and all its history.
Donna

United States

#13 Aug 27, 2009
Post to comment I left. I don't live in St. Louis MO my main server and computer network is housed out of our corporate office. Jsut incase somone wonders how I drive past everyday from St. Louis, MO.. LOL
Rachel

Bowie, MD

#14 Feb 12, 2010
Donna, the trailer parked out front is the police trailer. The large building on that side of the road is the adult hospital. There is no trespassing on any of the property, so that is why there are police there ALL THE TIME. Unfortunately, they make it pretty hard to explore the place, but I've gotten in a few times. The hospital shut down because there is asbestos, so they're definitely not remodeling it, and they're not allowed to tear it down because of the asbestos, as well.
Tyler Gimbert

Chesapeake, VA

#15 May 29, 2010
ggr wrote:
I heard it was in part an insame asylum. Is that true?
yes and no there were paitents that were crazy but the hospital was for tb and then in the 80s it was open to any one (like a doctors office)because the hospital wasnt really needed anymore they were just trying to use the buildings but it was costing more to run the place and they were loosing money so they shut it down and the asbestos also had a big part in it to.
Holly

Frederick, MD

#16 Jun 1, 2010
Holly does anyone know what happened to the patients once they shut the hospital down? They moved to DC off 295 near the fire and police client in Southwest. My aunt for Glen Dale Hospital and went to new location. I remember going to work with her as a little girl meeting her kids and coworkers. She still stay's in contact with former coworkers. Also I worked with a lady at the World Bank who's grandmother, great aunt and uncle worked with my aunt too.
HistoryBuff

Boonsboro, MD

#18 Sep 11, 2010
Kram - you obviously don't know much. Glendale Hospital was built in 1934 as a TB Sanitorium.(In the old days,'sanitorium or sanitarium' was defined as a medical facility to aid in the well being and improved health of it's paitients.) Owned and operated by the WDC goverment it was later used for care of the chronically ill indigent and welfare paitients from the district.(It was still believed that time in the country would help those patients heal more quickly.) In the early 80's the district government decided to sell the property, hoping to make millions in profit. As negotiations progressed paitients were no longer accepted and those in residence were discharged as they healed. Staff members were transferred to other district facilities. Once the facilities were vacated, WDC's proposed buyer backed out of the sale. With the concern for asbestoes and lead contamination no one else was interested in the purchase. The District sold the property to Maryland's Parks & Rec who in turn simply held onto the property. In 1994 the State passed a law regarding the disposition of the property, stipulating that it's use must be for the welfare of the citizens. The law did allow for the original 216 acres to be chopped and sold off to housing developers and such, action which MNCPPC took - bringing the property down to today's 60 acres. If Parks&Rec had maintained the properties it would not be such a shambling mess. Beautiful architecture, lovely grounds, it could be a grand place for a retirement community.
jaboyd

Lake Alfred, FL

#19 Jan 1, 2011
My mother was a patient there for about 6 months in the early 1940's (not sure exactly when). She went there because she had a sister who died of TB when she was 19, and because my mom had lived with her and took care of her before she died, they were afraid my mom may have contracted it, too. I think they saw something on an xray that they were concerned about. Anyhow, she ended up not having TB after all, and actually lived to be a very healthy 92. She told us about her being there, and never had anything bad to say about her stay there.
kasmith

Crofton, MD

#20 Jan 17, 2011
hello, i must say i think of this hospital all the time and wonder what did happen to patients. during my younger years I danced for ciccone dance school. we performed here several times to entertain the patients. very sad place to visit, but the performances made the patients happy!
Victoria Danner

Great Mills, MD

#21 Feb 17, 2011
kasmith wrote:
hello, i must say i think of this hospital all the time and wonder what did happen to patients. during my younger years I danced for ciccone dance school. we performed here several times to entertain the patients. very sad place to visit, but the performances made the patients happy!
Hello, Kasmith,

My name is Victoria and I am a student at St. Mary's College of Maryland. I'm conducting my Senior Honors Project on Glenn Dale and Tuberculosis in MD. My project focuses on the cultural and social impact of TB in MD. I read your post and I would like to ask you if you would be interested in sharing your story. I'm writing a section on how the hospital made their patients comfortable (providing entertainment in your case). Once completed, the project will go into the St. Mary's College Archives and the Prince George's Historical Archives. My hope is to get the hospital recognized as a historical and cultural site. You can contact me at vxdanner@smcm.edu. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

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