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Location DB > United States > New Jersey > Marlboro > Marlboro State Psychiatric Hospital
 Name
Marlboro State Psychiatric Hospital
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 Database Info
created by handskills on 2/2/2005 5:15 AM
last modified by Noss4ra2 on 11/25/2017 11:50 PM
 Viewability
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
 Overview
 Description
Cottage-styled Kirkbride-esque asylum. The campus spreads across 400 acres of rolling countryside. Large main structure along with many other outlying buildings including multiple villages of housing cottages. As with many other larger asylums it wouldn't be complete without its own burial ground. Over a mile of tunnels connect the main portions of the hospital and the primary patient housing area. This location is very well guarded and quite unsafe - there is a great deal of crocidolite (blue asbestos) as well as other chemicals (notably ammonia), flooded tunnels, bad floors in some of the buildings, and so on. This should not be a place attempted by anybody who is unfamiliar with advanced safety precautions.
 Basic Information
Type: 400-acre Kirkbride-esque hospital & cottage complex
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: Highly recommended, but for experienced explorers ONLY.
 Physical Information
Address
Rt 520
Marlboro, New Jersey
United States
Owner: The municipality of Marlboro, NJ
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • air quality
  • Hungry lunatic dogs
  •  Interesting Features
    Huge campus of buildings. Modelled on the plans of Thomas Story Kirkbride without actually containing the "v-shaped" Kirkbride building. Unlike many other large Asylums the buildings are relatively untouched. This is due in large part to the fact that there are 24-hour guards, and the site is frequently patrolled by state police. Arrests are very common.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • cameras
  • The buildings to which electricity still runs (including the Hospital) are alarmed, Police patrolled, and workers on site.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1931
    Closed: 1998
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  • Coupled P100 cartridges for respirator w/ organic vapor and ammonia chemical filters.
  •  Recommended Equipment

     History
    Marlboro State Hospital, opened in 1931, is one of three state institutions designed to house the mentally ill. Its architecturally notable campus of central facilities and detached residence halls once covered 900 acres and was designed, loosely following the Kirkbride plan, to provide an incentive to recuperation. In 1940 it became the location of New Jersey’s first juvenile mental health facility. The state decommissioned the facility through the 1990s in part because of an undercover investigation by a state senator named Richard Codey (now sitting govenor) the Corrections Department was foundering in a sea of seriously mentally ill inmates. The buildings retain a high degree of integrity, but at the time of the list, the state has closed the hospital and its future is uncertain.

    picture 1942 from PBS.org Erie Kindy assists patient at Marlboro State Hospital. Article is about the Concientious objectors to WWII.
     Media Coverage
    In a low budget horror flick "The Screaming Dead" 2003. Otherwise notable for local rumors and other "spooky" stories. Tied to many stories of the Marlboro Slaughterhouse, which lies in the woods adjacent to Camp Arrowhead, where the rumors seem to diverge on what happened but supposedly an escapee/work release patient murdered a local farmer/prison guard.
     Future Plans
    On November 18, 2011, New Jersey state officials announced that the hospital site will become open space for recreational use. It will no longer be under state jurisdiction. Instead, the Monmouth County Park System will oversee the property. Demolishing buildings and cleaning up the property to meet environmental standards will be necessary for completing the $27 million project. The project is slated for completion in 2013.
    March 2015 the last of the patient cottage (cottage H ) was demo'd.


    http://www.state.n...Site%20Restoration,%20Former%20Marlboro%20Psychiatric%20Hospital.pdf

    UPDATE: Buildings are coming down. The TB, Nurse Housing, Chapel, Swastika house, and all 10 Doctor's cottages are gone. By 2015, the land will be cleared.

    http://newjersey.n...hospital-1.7977160

    UPDATE: As of 12.15.14 only 5 patient buildings left after the demo of the male senile ward, the gym, service building, laundry/butcher shop and the women's disturbed ward. Also 90% of the tunnels have been filled in.
    Male disturbed, cottages O and R are being abated.
     Stories
    Need to go back.
    Wed, Feb 2nd, 2005
    posted by handskills


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     Photo Galleries
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    Hospital Cottages
    Wed, Feb 2nd, 2005
    posted by handskills
    5 pictures
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    Tunnels are fun!
    Mon, Jan 8th, 2007
    posted by JC
    17 pictures
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    Marlboro Psych
    Mon, Mar 17th, 2008
    posted by HeresToLife88
    9 pictures
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    The End
    Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
    posted by southshore
    8 pictures
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    Mike Dijitals Pictures
    Wed, Jun 24th, 2015
    posted by Mike Dijital
    12 pictures
     


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     Web Links
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     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Explorer Zero on 11/26/2017 12:55 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Nov 26 17 at 12:55, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Nov 25 17 at 23:50, Noss4ra2 changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Sep 30 15 at 14:17, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Sep 30 15 at 14:17, Mike Dijital changed the following: Web Links
  • on Sep 30 15 at 14:13, Mike Dijital updated the main picture
  • on Jun 24 15 at 11:57, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Jun 24 15 at 11:56, Mike Dijital added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jun 24 15 at 11:56, Mike Dijital added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jun 24 15 at 11:54, Mike Dijital created a new gallery
  • on Jun 24 15 at 11:54, Mike Dijital validated this location
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