“I think that all they're doing is looking for investors, so it doesn't concern me”
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#43 Nov 7, 2011
Keep your money, no ghost, just a scam.
#44 Nov 8, 2011
I agree. Atleast they're making a profit off of it and educating people on the hospitals history. Whenever I did a tour there they talked quiet a bit about the patient's and the terrible "treatment" they suffered from during the time the hospital was open. I also know that it is extremely haunted. Tickets to the overnight ghost "tour" are $100 a person.. that's a lot of revenue coming in. This hospital, thanks to Ghost Hunters, is now known throughout the WORLD. Atleast it puts WV on the map. I agree with Cheri. They could have left it to rot and fall down or speed up the process and knock it down like they do most historical buildings. I'm glad someone bought it and is now fixing it up!
#45 Oct 8, 2012
Has anyone answered with informationon where the patient records are and it you can access information?
#46 Oct 1, 2013
I think all the sarcasm and arguing over the name is uncalled for.
I very much appreciated the history of the place that someone posted on here. THANK YOU!!
I had a great great aunt there. She was listed as insane but was probably a highly functiona; Down Syndrome patient because they listed her as a housekeeper in the census for the hospital. She was a late in life baby. I was very saddened to see that she died at age 44 from TB which she surely contracted in that place.
I now wonder if she was used and abused and made to work for her keep.
Sharpe's hospital took all the records and I was told I would need a court order to see records on my ancestor.
It's a beautiful building and sure hope it gets saved. Bless the people working on saving it BUT I, too, did not like the "lunatic" tee shirt idea either. There were people committed to that place for masturbation, menapause, politics, losing an arm, PTSD from the war and countless other silly reasons. I also think there were many women in there committed by their husbands because they were not wanted anymore.
I also have to wonder how many rapes and unwanted children came from that place.
#47 Oct 1, 2013
My grandpa was in there. He had a breakdown after his wife died in childbirth. My dad's friends who worked there said that they threw the babies to the hogs. I will not go to any of my tours but one of my friends said that they do tell people about that.
I won't go because I don't believe in what the owners' purpose for it. I worked for the DHHR when the state was trying to put a casino in there but couldn't because of fire laws (exits). So they put it on the market. They bought it with the complete intention of tearing it down & selling the stones. The state wasn't about to let that happen & made it into a historical landmark. Hence they had to figure out something to do with it to make their $$ back. I think they could have found better things to do with it than a mockery of its past.
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