Old Central State Hospital

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Central State Hospital, previously Central Lunatic Asylum, was the first institution in the country for African Americans of “unsound mind.” In the 1840s, if slave owners could pay the fees they could have their slaves committed. Some of the old grounds still operates as a hospital; other buildings have been abandoned. Locals say they have seen and heard many odd phenomena in the area.

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Geographic Information

26317 West Washington Street
Petersburg, VA 23803 ‎
United States

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37.210235400428466, -77.44622755024466
Dinwiddie County, Virginia
Nearest Towns:
Matoaca, VA (2.2 mi.)
Ettrick, VA (2.3 mi.)
Petersburg, VA (2.7 mi.)
Pocahontas, VA (3.1 mi.)
Colonial Heights, VA (4.5 mi.)
Fort Lee, VA (6.7 mi.)
Prince George, VA (8.7 mi.)
Chester, VA (10.1 mi.)
Templeton, VA (10.2 mi.)
Enon, VA (10.7 mi.)


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  1. I actually grew up in a neighborhood right down the road from there.This is my phone number 804-638-4528 I would love to fill you in on my experiencing with Central State Hospital

  2. I spent time at central state as a police officer. Upon patrol of the grounds, especially at night, I had a chance to explore the buildings and explore the possibility of paranormal activities. I was not disappointed. I had pictures that clearly had faces in windows, orbs, and full figures that appeared to be of human form. Unfortunately that phone is no longer in operation, it to is another ghost of central state. But I assure you this place, mainly building 1 and 37 have some stuff going on.

  3. Hi–I am very interested in exploring and photographing this place –how easy is it to sneak in ? Or is it even possible? I have explored the abandoned Western State Hospital in Staunton and am totally fascinated with the architecture.

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