Welcome to the New Jersey State Hospital located in Morristown, NJ, United States. This cavernous hospital was built in the 1870's. The various hospital buildings were constructed by and belong to the famous Kirkbride architectural order (read more on this excellent website).
The history of Greystone Psychiatric Hospital is wonderfully documented on this website.
It was a cold but sunny day in Morristown.
We didn’t want to leave our footprints in the freshly fallen snow alerting all that urban explorers were around.
After a bit of searching we found a difficult and sneaky way into the building via the violent patient ward.
There were SO many abandoned items inside!
The seclusion rooms with beds bolted to the floor, caged lamps, radiators, a cold-shower with its beautiful marble panels still intact, and many antique medical instruments…
Everything has been untouched and rotting since the 1970-80's, which was the beginning of the de-institutionalization of this state hospital.
the new season of house they used this as a model for there "hospital"
Me and a few friends tried going there tonight but weren't sure where to go in. If anyone has any advice please let me know. Also is it better to go during the day or at night. Any help would be appreciated.
A group of my friends and I recently paid a visit to this notorious place twice. The first time we just pretty much walked around the building, we wound up on the third or fourth floor. Unfortunatley we didnt find what we were looking for until the second time we went back. WE all rounded up enough guts to go into the basement, it is very dusty and moist and i duggest bringin a mask of soome sort to keep yourself from breathing in whatever it is. If you continue through the basement you will find stone stairs leading into a tunnel. the tunnel goes for a while then you end up another hallway of some sort, we did not want to get lost so we turned back. We were all happy however that we proved that the myths of an underground tunnel system was true
Absolutely beautiful photos of some awe inspiring buildings. I especially like the hospitals and I love those old wheel chairs.
I ventured nearly two hours to the Greystone buildings Sunday afternoon, and almost immediately saw a police officer parked at the top of the hill, in front of the building. My buddy and I decided to walk the perimeter of the asylum, hoping for an entrance. We got into the courtyard, but unfortunately all 4 doors were locked. However, we eventually got into the front of the building, and the cop left. We noticed a door propped open, an elevator door actually. The lights were on so we almost didn't go in, but I convinced my buddy to try it out. I walked in hoping to see another living person due to the lights being on. "Hello, hello" until we got to the 2nd floor and realized we were alone. I later got into a church on the 4th floor as well as explored the entire facility. I GOT LOST ON THE WAY OUT! So beware that it is a maze in there, as well as asbestos and peeling lead paint everywhere. I'd go in with a mask, but don't listen to whoever says the cops will arrest you in 30 seconds, because that isn't true. Just don't be stupid, but everybody slacks including police. So be careful and you can get in
Hello fellow adventurers... for those of you interested, I have an update on the status of Essex County Hospital aka Overbrook in Cedar Grove, NJ: Cops are patrolling very heavily, almost got caught last night (Monday night, believe it or not). The right-hand side of individual buildings is very exposed and most of the first-floor windows and doors are boarded up/sealed shut - you are better off sticking to the complex on the left-side. If you get in one building or door, you can traverse nearly the entire place from building to building and tunnel to tunnel. However, be advised that the place is choked with asbestos, dust, mold, mildew, fungus, peeling lead paint, etc etc.
On a sadder note, Overbrook will be razed for parkland and more bullshit suburban sprawl by 2011/2012. They seem to be taking their time, but ultimately, one by one the buildings shall fall :*(** This depresses me endlessly as I have a very bizarre love and fascination with the place. I have been trying to document it and explore it inch by inch, I wish the rest of you luck as well.
As for Greystone, many friends including one state trooper and one county cop have told me not to even bother trying, that we would be caught in 30 seconds. The place apparently has their own cop station down the road and they swarm the place and hide out regularly. I circled it endlessly with a friend and there is literally nowhere to park unless you park a mile away in a neighborhood and go through the sparse woods surrounding it. If you think you are ninja and stealth enough, well, I wish you luck. Will I give it a try? Maybe,... with a little more research. If anyone has any tips or tricks, I'd be most appreciative.
Hey, my national guard unit is going to be in morristown, can someone tell me where this old hospital is and the best way to enter it to explore, thanks
I worked on a TV show that shot at Greystone in '09. Because we needed to duplicate the style of the interior architecture as a stage set, we were allowed in, for several days to measure, draw, and photograph. (I have over 1000 pictures). The site of the old hospital is completely non-functioning. The new Greystone Hospital is up the road, and is a working hospital. Many of the old buildings have been demolished. The main building, depending on what part you're in, is in various stages of decay, largely because of the lack of heat, and the moisture. Also, be warned, in the basement level of the hospital is asbestos... lots of it. There are also police constantly patrolling the premises. I wouldn't want to be in there at night.
hi everyone. so i have a group of friends that goes on urban exploring escapades. we've been to quite an amount of places already. but now i've come to a stump. our next trip is saturday and the point of interest is the essex county area. i've realized there are so many names for these Essex County mental facilities and i'm confused as to which ones are abandoned, which ones are demolished and which ones are active. we've been to pennhurst already and eastern state penitentiary and more places. can someone help? i've done alot of research already and i can't seem to figure it all out. plus there's so many names for these buildings too
Can I get the exact address ....
Has anyone been here recently? If so, what to expect?
Hey joy balloon, it was Essex County Mental Hospital it also went by the name Overbrook
hey anybody hear been to sea side training school in waterford ct i was told the place is off the chain
I will have to check this place out. I am looking for an urban exploration group to go around with and explore all sorts of places. I have seen many places in the world but nothing like the places in NJ. Hey, Prairietanranger, I am in ocean county so if you want to make up a good group let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
you should try going to norwich state hospital this place is great 5stare
Ghost Adventures from the Travel Channel visited an asylum I believe in Northern NJ. Can anyone tell me the name of this site? I would also like to know how to see some of the pics that some people are remarking about here on this website.. I love old architecture /buildings and homes. Everything seems to be being demolished, the land that these diamonds in the rough are sitting on are worth more than the buildings. How sad!
i recently ventured up here, after doing some surveilience i made my way in, it has light security patrole but its easy to get in. after making my way in i found some rooms that were chained shut i ended up breaking in to two and broke my cutters on another door, only one room had anything cool...some files on patients, and several medievalish looking restraint devices. i rolled two deep and we came in at dusk, hoping to stay into the night hours, equiped with like surveilance matirial we were able to get some extreme cold spots and light evp, SEVERAL voice residuals of voices, and talking, moaning...i did feel something brush and scratch my neck...i have photos of a red mark made on my neck, most of the occurences happened in the late nite early morning hours, please be warned cops patrol and me and my buddy are both trained armed service personel we were able to keep low key, and there are things to be seen, just be carful and dont be rude to the spirits, or you may be hurt.
I'm not sure if we're thinking of the same ghost show but about a year ago, a show was aired and called "Abandoned NJ Psychiatric Hospital" or something along those lines. I'm sure they were covering up the real name of the hospital because it is HIGHLY patrolled and the buildings in the show looked exactly like Essex Hospital in New Jersey. I've been here a few times and only made it in once due to getting almost arrested/kicked out. But like I said, I'm not sure if we're thinking of the same show. The thrill of trying to get into Essex is fun anyway and there's another part of Essex called Overbrook or Overlook - crazy stuff inside totally worth checking out but be super super careful!!!
I actually went to this place last night and had quite an experience. After roaming around the entire building in the pitch black and trying every door I came across, I noticed that most doors were padlocked and chained from the INSIDE. Surprisingly, there was a white door with "NEWS FEED" written on it that was open - no lock, no nothing. It opened to a brightly lit hallway in which I explored 4 different levels of that one wing of the building. I made it into the center building which was completely well lit, but found no one there. (I assumed perhaps a security guard or at least SOMEONE would be occupying the building) There were many documents and everything seemed to be left where it had been placed years ago. I took photos as well. We did end up getting caught by the police but that wasn't until we got out of the building (thank god). They let us go with a warning but it was worth the risk and definitely worth taking a look inside!! For sure this was one of the creepiest places I have ever visited. I would recommend it to anyone.
no that was a cover up it was really norwich state hospital but because it is such a hot spot at the time they were told by the state of ct to tell us it was in nj
Greystone is abandoned, but there's a new hospital with the same name not far from the kirkbride building. And there's security. Try checking out some of the other buildings on the campus
Im kind of new to UE. I have explored the Marlboro hospital and was hoping you could tell me if Greystone is abandoned or in use and if its explorable.
The site is no long active. But now is up for grabs the site. is beautiful internal. The Male and female wings are both being eaten alive. The site is still powered and has some level security. The grounds are 90% gone other then the Kirk. Sad but she still stands defiantly. I've got photos if your intrested.
Great photos. My dad worked at Greystone from around 1965 until retiring in 1992. He even volunteered at the fire house behind the main building. There was a guy at the fire house in the early 1970 who had a pet lion named baby and he would often bring it and let everyone pet her. There was a post office inside near some vending machines where some patients would hang out and give me change for the machines. They were always nice, never scary. I also remember eating many times at a little luncheonette to the right of the main building. My dad and mom also lived in a little cottage off the main road. Im wondering how much can possibly be left? There were so many buildings... There were seperate buildings for children and adolescents off the main road. There was a playgound behind the childrens building. Icould go on...
does anyone know if this was the place that was on travel channels ghost adventures, "Abandoned NJ Psychiatric Hospital" just curious they made such a big deal about keeping that location a secret "to protect people" what ever that means they didn't name names
does anyone know if there are records of patients in this place? my aunt was in here back in the 1920's.
what dan said is true, me and a couple friends went and checked it out a few days before christmas and it is still in operation, although the main facility doesnt appear to be fully in use although the main entrance was fully lit on the inside and we saw a security gaurd walking around in there.
Contrary to Rinn's post, Greystone is very much still active, and even expanding these days. I live 10 minutes from the place, and know that a great deal of demolition was done in addition to extensive construction on new buildings. Some of the old buildings pictured have since been demolished, however driving by the (quite large) campus, it is quite obviously still a working mental institution.
What they did to my mother was horrible. They gave her electric shock tratments and she is now in her 70's and still can't remember alot of her life. She tried to kill herself years ago and all they did there was make her worse. She has always been odd ever since that happened to her. They did not give her the help she needed to get better they just experimeted on her like she was an animail in a lab. I dont remember what yesr she was there but I do know in was time in the 1960's > I remember her coming home from the hospital and I was just alittle girl and I was so scared of her because all she did was stare and had a blank look on her face. I do not think to much of this place and after all these years I thought I would write and say how I feel and what it did to my family.
I actually got inside as well...I also found a Nurses log which was really interesting. I have been to many places in NJ. And just to let everyone know....Greystone is actually no longer active. The main building was used for sometime after the other building closed but some months ago they closed the whole place down. Also there are cops that patrol the places and will kick you out.
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