BUILT: Early 1900s
OPERATION TIME: 1900s to 1970s
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.
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
In Popular Culture
- An award-winning post in the Washington Post Magazine entitled “Quarantined” from December 10th, 2006 featured the hospital.
- Forgotten USA. “Glen Dale Hospital,” www.ForgottenUSA.com
- Opacity. “Glenn Dale Hospital,” www.Opacity.us