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    I went through DeJarnette just before it was boarded up. After reading the comments on the walls I left infested with ghosts. The place is really scary; one expects Nurse Rached to appear from the asbestos dust at any time. I wouldn't advise a visit, but I noticed the usual door down by the bioler building is open again...

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    Here's another part of the DeJarnette story discovered by accident: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...GRid=33089671&

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    Wow. I knew he was a proponent of Eugenics, but I never realized until now how far he took the concept. Yikes.
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    My favourite piece of graffiti from the photographs that I took there: "Joseph Dejarnette was impotent." I don't know whether it was true but it was an amusing find, nonetheless!

    Another scary modern-day proponent of eugenics in the US was William Shockley, Nobel prizewinner and arguably the founder of silicon valley.
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    I just wanted to say that the the photos of the asylum are beautiful. I was born in Staunton in 1983 and was raised learning about the two buildings and many others. My father acutally used to work at the Jail/asylum in the dowtown part of Staunton when he was in his early to mid 30's (he is currently 60ish). My mother grew up in Stuanton and went to the old high school across from the large park, which is being changed over to something else (I think an old folks home or a company is ripping it down and building something new). It is nice to see beautiful photos of those buildings that have always scared me as a child. Thanks!

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    Thank you. And thank you for the building update.

    I haven't been up that way in a few years. Last I heard (through this thread and comments on some of my Flickr photos), the children's asylum was finally bought buy a developer and was going to be turned into commercial space(s).
    I'm disappointed it's being razed for new construction, but not surprised. It sits on prime real-estate, atop a hill, directly visible from the interstate. And is probably too costly to re-purpose vs tearing-down and building something new.. And I guess it must not be listed on any state/national historic building registries due to its controversial nature(?)..

    As far as the adult asylum/hospital/prison near downtown, it's turning into really nice apartments/condos. At least a few of the buildings have been finished. But renovation construction came to a halt due to the condo units not selling well enough (surprise surprise). Some of the buildings further back from the main road may still "abandoned" and might be accessible (but I have no real idea at this point).

    I haven't checked the condos' site in a while either (can't remember the name/URL, too lazy to search the thread), but I think 'stage 3' of its building/reconstruction was to be where the asylum/hospital/prison's cemetery is located.. Always, thought that'd be a pretty funny selling point, "Oh by-the-way, the land you're $250k+ condo sits on used to be the resting place of dozens/hundreds of dead and forgotten mentally/emotionally-ill folk marked only by cold unmarked gravestones before we ripped them out of the ground/built over top of them.. So.. uh, sleep well tonight.."
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    "[The former Dejarnette Children's Asylum] is still standing as of May 19, 2012, but impossible to breach without breaking or damaging anything."
    -Amelie deSade (via Flickr)
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    its illegal. The cop caught a ton of my friends there. The back door is usually open..

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    Dejarnette ghost tours

    To anyone in the area: There will be Ghost Tours around the Dejarnette Asylum/former Western State Hospital every Saturday in October 2012.

    Haunts of the Dejarnette Sanatorium
    Walking Ghost Tour
    Presented by The Ghosts of Staunton and Black Raven Paranormal
    Saturday October 20th and 27th, 4:00pm-5:30pm (dusk)
    $15 adults, $10 children 6-12

    Reservations are encouraged, and can be made by calling:
    540-448-2743 or 540-448-1806

    http://www.ghostsofstaunton.com/dejarnette.html


    Just found out about this through a comment on one of my Dejarnette images on Flickr.

    Original text from commenter, vasuthernboy:
    I live about ten minutes from Staunton. The Dejarnette was only a childrens asylum in it's later years. It was the original Western State mental hospital and is named after it's owner. A friend of mine is heading ghost tours there which started last week and will be for the next couple of weeks on Saturdays at 4pm for a 90 minute walking tour. You can Google info on it which is how I stumbled onto to your page. Great pics by the way! The other building your talking about is now a partially finished set of condos. It was part of Western State also and was then turned into a prison. They were maxed out and it wasn't worth renovation so they built a new and bigger one. I was in parts of it before it sold and changed and new a couple of guys that were Gaurds there...they had some crazy stories!!
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    i was commited there.. lol

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