Central State Hospital
Once the world’s largest mental institution, The Central State Hospital, located in Milledgeville, Georgia, still stands today as the largest mental health institution in the United States. There are up to 25,000 patients buried on the 2,000-acre site, which officially opened in 1842 as the Georgia Lunatic Asylum, five years after Georgia lawmakers authorized a “Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum.” Known simply as “Milledgeville” to many Georgians, the site is haunted by the memories of the patients who are said to have been mistreated there. In fact, according to a 1960 Pulitzer-winning article by Jack Nelson in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, thousands of patients were served by only 48 doctors -- none a psychiatrist -- and some of the doctors were actually hired off of the mental wards, meaning in some cases, the inmates were literally helping to run the asylum. If that ain’t enough to haunt you, nothing will.