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Location DB > United States > Massachusetts > Waltham > Fernald State School
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Fernald State School
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created by old-fangled on 7/25/2006 5:43 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 12/20/2020 3:40 PM
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 Overview
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The Walter E. Fernald State School, later the Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center was the Western hemisphere's oldest publicly funded institution serving people with developmental disabilities. Originally a Victorian sanatorium, it became a "poster child" for the American eugenics movement during the 1920s. It later was the scene of medical experiments in the 20th century.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: semi-Active
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
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Waltham, Massachusetts
United States
Owner: State of MA
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  • Conditions vary per building.
  •  Interesting Features

     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • cameras
  • security. alarms. residents out walking the grounds. state and local police that will arrest you on the spot
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1848
    Closed: 0
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     History
    The oldest still-operating state funded institution for the mentally retarded in the country.
     Media Coverage

     Future Plans
    Up in the air. Residents are fighting back against closure.
     Stories
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    Tue, Jul 25th, 2006
    posted by old-fangled


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     Photo Galleries
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    June/July 06
    Tue, Jul 25th, 2006
    posted by old-fangled
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    June/July 06
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    July 06
    Sat, Jul 29th, 2006
    posted by old-fangled
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    July 06
    Sat, Jul 29th, 2006
    posted by old-fangled
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    Nextel's Second Home
    Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
    posted by NextelCupMK
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    First DSLR shots
    Thu, Dec 27th, 2007
    posted by NextelCupMK
    8 pictures
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    Chairs of horror
    Mon, Feb 6th, 2012
    posted by Weirdlig
    13 pictures
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    The Idiotic
    Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
    posted by Weirdlig
    25 pictures
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    Failed Attempt At Fernald
    Mon, May 13th, 2013
    posted by 1Up
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    Quick Drive Summer 2013
    Wed, Aug 27th, 2014
    posted by urbanjoe
    5 pictures
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    mike dijitals pictures
    Sun, Sep 27th, 2015
    posted by Mike Dijital
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    2012
    Sun, Dec 20th, 2020
    posted by Kurt
    5 pictures


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    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/20/2020 3:42 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Dec 20 20 at 15:42, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 20 20 at 15:40, Emperor Wang changed the following: Owner
  • on Dec 20 20 at 15:39, Emperor Wang changed the following: Description
  • on Dec 20 20 at 4:45, Kurt updated gallery picture
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  • on Dec 20 20 at 4:45, Kurt updated gallery picture
  • on Dec 20 20 at 4:45, Kurt updated gallery picture
  • on Dec 20 20 at 4:45, Kurt updated gallery picture
  • on Dec 20 20 at 4:45, Kurt added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Dec 20 20 at 4:44, Kurt created a new gallery
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