Scream-A-Torium

Radford University students have been busy getting in the Halloween spirit. Carving pumpkins, finding costumes, decorating houses and apartments, coming up with Halloween pranks and watching scary movies have been on the agenda. However, there is one more thing that seems to be catching RU students’ attention. The St. Albans Sanatorium in Radford has all of its visitors on edge.

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Many paranormal teams have described the St. Albans Sanatorium as the most active location on the east coast. The mansion has more history than people really know. This land has been inhabited by not only the Lutheran Boys School but also by members of the Powhatan, Shawnee and Cherokee Indian tribes. In 1865, Union forces defeated Confederate forces during the battles of Newbern and Cloyd’s Mountain on this famous hill as well. On top of the massacres that occurred on the hill during the battle, there are rumors floating through the air about the deaths that occurred in the Lutheran Boys School. The weak were bullied and secrets were held tight. Some students went missing and they were never found.

In 1965, Dr. J.C. King converted the boy’s school into a hospital for the mentally ill. This is when St. Albans Sanatorium came into existence. Even though this hospital was known for its superior care towards the mentally ill, compared to other facilities, many patients died because of the experimental treatments performed at this institution. Insulin coma therapy, electroconvulsive therapy and hydro shock therapy all resulted in a significant number of deaths. There are also several documented suicides.

For almost a decade, paranormal groups have investigated St. Albans and have given reports of full bodied apparitions, shadow figures, levitating objects, disembodied voices and physical contact. All of these occurrences and events combine to create a horrifying building.

Now the St. Albans Sanatorium has been converted into a fright house. Students and locals of Radford, Christiansburg, Blacksburg and other neighboring cities and towns all join together in order to take a tour of this haunted mansion. From Sept. 29 through Nov. 3, volunteers gather in costume and makeup, decorating each room with props making it even scarier, if that’s even possible. You can get a ticket at the door for only $10. There are also VIP passes that can be purchased on their website for $15.

Round up your friends and don’t miss out on this horror tour. You will not regret your trip and hopefully you won’t have any ghosts follow you home.