Ok, well…I’m a bit behind on putting this post up, but seriously it was difficult to find much info on the this place. What I did find though was interesting to say the least. It definitely means another trip back over there to check out the area again. When Cathy mentioned in a comment about how this place just had to be haunted, she must have been reading my mind. I had already started the process of researching and came across some great info.
Central Louisiana State Hospital is a hospital for the mentally disturbed. It opened in the early 1900`s and several original buildings remain standing and in use. At its peak in 1959, the hospital housed 3,128 patients, but it now houses only 132 patients. The hospital grounds include a cemetery with 2,356 graves. The Civil War-era Fort Randolph is also on the grounds.
There has been definitely some paranormal activity noticed around the grounds. Unit 2 has an elevator that operates by itself during the night. Also doors are heard slamming during the night and when investigated all doors remain locked as they are usually kept. Unit 7 when reoccupied in 1999 experienced several sightings and unusual events. Strange glowing lights passing under doors, objects from shelves falling off randomly, clocks keeping random inaccurate time, chairs were flipped over and electrical appliances would come on and go off by themselves, voices were heard in unoccupied offices. A mist was seen and witnessed as well.
There was an investigation done by paranormal researchers (laspirits.com) on Rose Cottage, which is on the grounds as well. Rose Cottage was designed in 1917 by Joseph H. Carlin of Rayne, a patient at the hospital from Sept. 13, 1909, to Aug. 1, 1912. He also served as architect of Rose Cottage as well as “builder” of the hospital’s dairy barn in 1923.
Picture from Leandro Huebner/The Town Talk
My recent 2011 shot of the Dairy Barn
The Rose Cottage building housed the hospital laboratory and morgue. It served as the hub of the institution’s diagnostic procedures as well as a center of learning and teaching as post-mortem examinations were required for research and teaching.
Autopsies were performed in the pathology building’s first floor, while the lab upstairs was where “histological and microscopic preparations” were done. In later years, the building was used for occupational therapy.
During their investigation while downstairs in the room where electroshock therapy was given, they heard a sudden extremely loud crash. They described it like a piece of pottery falling from a shelf. When they went to the source of the noise, they noticed an actual portion of the floor tile had literally shattered into several pieces. With pieces that splintered off were and scattered around almost as if the tile had exploded.
So, needless to say a creepy place. I’m not sure how much exploring they let you do around there but it’s worth checking out some more first hand. I drove through there a few years ago before I really knew much about it, but always wanted to go back and explore more this just amps up the interest LOL!
Isn’t Louisiana History fun!
January 28, 2011 at 5:26 PM
Yay! I have been waiting for this story! This place is so interesting! I can’t believe that it housed over 3000 patients–that’s a-lot of crazy! Thanks for the post- you really are a great storyteller. Till next time…
April 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM
I live right down the road from this place and have always been curious about it. I’ve driven through a couple of times and it’s beautifully creepy!
February 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM
If you are interested in the Central, please visit this page.
Those “crazy” people were someone’s family. They deserved better treatment than what they got and are still getting.
February 10, 2013 at 2:40 PM
Quite right, no disrespect was meant or given in my postings. And I’m sure none was meant by the commenter either. The reason this home holds interest for me is because I have an Aunt that was housed there for many years and I remember going to visit her as a young girl. You are very right, they did deserve better…much better, and it’s a shame that the treatment these people was not and is not still to this day what it should be.
February 10, 2013 at 6:10 PM
Sorry if I sounded catty. I am very passionate about the cemetery and the people buried there.
November 11, 2014 at 12:39 AM
Was wondering if someone can direct me to the location of Barn / hospital ? I resently moved to the area . An have been exploring Camp Livingston a lot . And have found a lot of foundations , ice house, active fenced in area but haven came across any of the ruins, abandon buildings or tunnels . Iv herd a lot about about them and would like to find them as well as the Barn asylum , the old church , and the crematory and the actual location of the old POW conentration camp. Any help given would be appreciated thanks.
April 3, 2018 at 2:48 AM
I was wondering what the public opinion about the opening of central in 1906 was.
April 3, 2018 at 5:22 AM
That’s a really good question. I’ll have to ask my Mom if she is familiar with any of that. We actually had a family member there back in the 70’s and 80’s I believe. I remember going as a teenager to visit. It was a very unusual and uncomfortable experience as a young girl.