Belchertown State School

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The original name when it was established in 1922 was the Belchertown State School for the Feeble-Minded, and and certain times in its history it was known for poor treatment of its charges. Trespassing is not allowed on the property. Witnesses say it is haunted by this tragic past, citing apparitions, running footsteps, breaking windows, temperature fluctuations, screams, crying, doors that slam and lock and more. One legend about the school tells of two residents who fell in love but were kept from each other. Their ghosts are said to run between the dorm buildings trying to find each other.

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Geographic Information

Address:
Berkshire Ave and Front St
Belchertown, MA
United States

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GPS:
42.275086689282126, -72.41509920371755
County:
Hampshire County, Massachusetts
Nearest Towns:
Belchertown, MA (0.7 mi.)
Granby, MA (5.3 mi.)
Bondsville, MA (5.6 mi.)
South Amherst, MA (6.4 mi.)
Three Rivers, MA (7.1 mi.)
Pelham, MA (8.2 mi.)
South Hadley, MA (8.2 mi.)
Ludlow, MA (8.5 mi.)
Amherst Center, MA (8.7 mi.)
Ware, MA (9.0 mi.)

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belchertown_State_School

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  1. My friend and I did a photo shoot at the state school. The only building we felt anything at was the infirmary. We didn’t see anything, but we both felt very unsettled, cold, and panicked inside. The darkness felt more oppressive in this building than any of the other ones. I’ve explored numerous abandoned buildings in western mass and the state school was the only one I felt a presence/fear at.

  2. A group of my friends and i traveled to the state schools to explore, the buildings are rusty, and very creepy although some are boarded up people broke windows and doors to get inside. The only building where we did see a ghost was the hospital, we were walking up stairs when a nurse flashed by and caused us all to leave that building scared. The tunnels are narrow and are the worst, very cold and unsettling.

  3. I come here quite often, the only place i REFUSE to go into in the basement/gym of the auditorium, NO WAY IM GOING IN THERE, something about it wants to send me running home screaming. Beautiful place other wise though, shame they’re tearing it down in a few weeks..

  4. I have seen a full blown apparition at belchertown state. Another time we heard people talking in one of the rooms, but with no power it was pitch black and no one was there. Sometimes it sounds as if a woman in heels is walking down the hall. But the halls are littered with rubble and broken tiles so we had no explanation why it sounded like someone walking down a nice clean hallway.

  5. I used to go to the state school all the time with my friends and nothing out of the ordinary happened. it gives off an uneasy feeling. one night during the summer we went in the infirmary and as we walked past the elevator on the 2nd floor the light was on i walked in and out. we walked into the stairwell and started to descend. when we got to the middle in between the floors there was a loud shriek and no footsteps at all. one of my friends tried to imitate the shriek. it suddenly got extremely cold we started to leave the building climbing the stairs to leave the way we came in through the window in the basement as we walked back the elevator light was off i was the last person to pass it as soon as i passed it the door slammed shut then slowly opened. we bolted out of the building

  6. Ive visited the infirmary a few times, had a serious occurrence, a rock was thrown at us. On Video. Place is without a doubt haunted. They’ve since boarded it up, heard noises, doors closing, footsteps, theirs a morge. Place is no joke. Ill never forget those experiences for the rest of my life.

  7. so me and some friends go here rather often. the place is boarded up dor the most part except the infirmary. we entered the first hallway through the back And as we walked down the hall we heard water dripping. we didnt know this at first tho sow e were spooked. we sat there for a few minutes before realizing this then wen my friend said “its just water” we thought we heard what sounded like the emtrance being sealed or some serious ruckus coming from where we came. fearing it was the cops we atopped and listened. this went on for about 30-40 seconds before completely ceasing. then we decided to see if anything else would happen so we sat in a room adjacent to the one we were in. as we were sitting there we just heard water dripping whule one of my other friends out of nowhere got a sheer face of terror and started bolting out of the building completely confused we followed him to find out that he heard a chair shift in the room across tue hall and saw a shadow peek around the corner. none of us believed him at first until we went bak in to find an overturned chair and a cold breezy feeling in that room. that friend still to this day refuses to return. definitely one of my fave places to visit though. its a beautiful place and very very interesting. and also pretty easy to experience something paranormal as long as ur respectful and arent to loud and obnoxious. id u ever just stop and listen for a little bit itll be as if the building is talking to u. something about the actual structures themselves seem to beckon u to come closer and explore. definitely check it out. but be careful cuz the cops arrest on the spot

  8. Robin Hessmann  |  

    My boyfriend has to drive thrive the campus to make deliveries to a local business. A low bridge and some train cars blocking a road force him to drive this route. He and I are both sensitive to Spirit Activity. He took this picture for me last week.

  9. Ive investigated. The belchertown state school is by far a haunted place! Ive collected voices on evp ,apparitions on camera and have felt unnerving feelings at the state school I suffered a traumatic brain injury not long after I left Ive never been the same since.its almost sad that this happened to me because I always have respected the dead and felt sorry for the patient’s that suffered there. is a creepy place thoug too bad thier tearing it down Lost Souls…

  10. Me and my friend went to adventure. We walked into many buildings the temperature drops scared her. She often left me to go in alone. We where in the cafeteria and I heard laughter and footsteps. I ran out beyond scared.

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