Sanatoriums were known to be notoriously cruel in the early 20th century, using methods like lobotomies, electroshock therapy, and other archaic practices on the patients. The trials ultimately had no positive effect for the patients, who acted as test subjects for the doctors curious to see the results of such savage experiments without having to practice on the general public. St. Albans Sanatorium was one such facility, and the tortured patients did not always survive the tests.
The property was also the site of an extremely violent Civil War battle, and visitors today report hearing rifles or cannons firing and smelling gun smoke when walking the grounds. With so much misery occurring on the property, it is no surprise that St. Albans is considered one of the most haunted places in Virginia.
St. Albans is open for paranormal investigations. Contact them through their website.
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