Ghosts of the Past

Pennhurst Asylum,  Spring City, Pennsylvania

There is a type of photography generally described as "Urbex" (for Urban Exploration), where the subjects are abandoned buildings of all kinds. It is becoming a very popular genre of the hobby. While I don't go out of my way to shoot urbex, when I see a photo tour to abandoned places in the northeast, I usually try to attend. This past June, I visited the abandoned Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, Pennsylvania. 

 The Asylum was built in 1908 and was designed "for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic". It closed it's doors in 1987 after being exposed for horrific conditions and tales of abusing patients, including those in wheelchairs. The visions of what may have happened there was clear in my mind when taking and editing this photo. I wonder if this wheelchair was involved in the atrocities, and what the purported ghosts that are rumored to still walk the floors of the asylum could tell me.