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Location DB > United States > Maryland > Ilchester > St. Mary's College (Hell House)
St. Mary's College (Hell House)
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created by thoughtcriminal on 3/6/2004 1:05 AM
last modified by SpookyDan on 2/11/2006 1:45 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.

 Basic Information
Type: Ruins
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information

Ilchester, Maryland
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • Lethal hazards like bricks and debris falling from 3-6 stories up.
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  • Seems to be wide open with lots of foot traffic.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1866
    Closed: 1972
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    Former Catholic seminary operated by the Redemptorists. Building was gutted by fire November 1, 1997. See this detailed history.

    ***SpookyDan's Write-up***

    St. Mary’s College also known as “Hell House” was originally named Mount Saint Clemens. The religious school for boys was started in the mid 1800s by a religious group calling themselves “The Redemptorists”. In 1882 a new chapel was built and encouragement from Pope Poious IX led the Redemptorists to change the name of the school to St. Mary’s College.

    The Redemptorists continued to operate the school until 1972 when it closed due to a decreasing number of students. In 1987 the land was split up and sold to the state and to the private investor listed above.

    Around this time a man known as Allen Hudson became the caretaker of the property. Hudson kept up the place best he could and chased off thrill seekers and vandals while living in a stone house on the property. Hudson was well known by the local trespassers as the mean old man with the rottweilers and a shotgun. Hudson was even charged with assault, battery and assault with the intent to murder in 1996 when he shot and critically wounded a trespasser. I don’t know what came of the charges but Hudson remained caretaker and continued living on the property.

    On Halloween night in 1997 the main building was burned down by vandals. The brick walls that remained were unstable and threatened the caretaker’s home if they fell, because of this the caretaker was forced by police to leave.

    The property has been uninhabited since.
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    Brief walk-around Mar 5 2004
    Sat, Mar 6th, 2004
    posted by thoughtcriminal
    38 pictures
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    Late Winter Visit
    Thu, Jul 8th, 2004
    posted by Roland
    9 pictures
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    Old Photos - Jan 2002 visit
    Wed, Dec 8th, 2004
    posted by Pariah
    2 pictures
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    Night Visit
    Thu, Aug 11th, 2005
    posted by AmityvilleMd
    12 pictures
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    Tunnels and stuff
    Tue, Oct 4th, 2005
    posted by Roland
    11 pictures
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    winter 2004
    Wed, Dec 14th, 2005
    posted by Endopsychosin
    19 pictures

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     Latest Changes
  • on Feb 11 06 at 1:45, SpookyDan changed the following: Status
  • on Dec 14 05 at 2:05, Endopsychosin updated gallery winter 2004
  • on Dec 14 05 at 2:04, Endopsychosin created a new gallery
  • on Nov 20 05 at 18:01, danielormsby changed the following: Display Name
  • on Nov 9 05 at 18:51, SpookyDan changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Prefer Satellite, History
  • on Oct 4 05 at 3:59, Roland updated gallery Tunnels and stuff
  • on Oct 4 05 at 3:58, Roland updated gallery picture oct2_3-18.jpg
  • on Oct 4 05 at 3:57, Roland updated gallery picture oct2_3-21.jpg
  • on Oct 4 05 at 3:56, Roland updated gallery picture oct2_3-16.jpg
  • on Oct 4 05 at 3:56, Roland updated gallery picture oct2_3-17.jpg
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