Western State Hospital - Dejarnette Building

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Western State Hospital, a fancy resort-style asylum called Western State Lunatic Asylum in its early years, was originally built in the 1820s. In 1905 it was taken over by Dr. Joseph Dejarnette, under whose authority patients were tortured. When the hospital moved in the 1970s the building became the Staunton Correctional Center, and in the 2000s, The Villages at Staunton condominiums. Before the change to condos, the building stood vacant for several years. Witnesses reported footsteps, moans, whispers, screams, and doors opening and closing on their own.

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    1301 Richmond Ave
    Staunton, VA
    United States

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    38.13121610159136, -79.04499578449759
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    1. The DeJarnette Center and Western State are two different places. The original Western State is located at the intersection of Richmond Road and Greenville Ave and is condos. DeJarnette Center remains abandoned and visible from I-81. The Western State Hospital most recently moved out of a location off of Frontier Drive to the North of US 250 and into a brand new (ugly) facility further north on the same road.

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