Danvers State Hospital
This site cannot be easily seen at this
time. Putnam Lane to the southwest
and the industrial park to the south-
east offer partial, very distant views.
Do NOT trespass:
security on this now privately-owned site
is taken very seriously. Taking a trip
to see DSH is not recommended: there
is too little to see.
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There are many web sites concerning this place. Some of the notable ones are:
As you emerge from the trees you get a distant view of a huge, sprawling brick building, surrounded by tall dead grass. Closer inspection and circumambulation reveals a venerable and somewhat menacing ivy-covered structure with long, iron-barred windows and many pointed towers and peaked gables. As I wandered around, the insects in the grass kept up a long continuous chorus like the droning in a madman's skull.
On the way out, I had some difficulty locating the entrance to the path again, as it is partly obscured by the trees. The famous refrain kept running through my mind-
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave . . .
Images from Historic Postcards (Click on them to see larger views):