(Chase Sanatorium)

67 Mountain Avenue, Shawmut, ME

Status: Former Tuberculosis Sanatorium; Abandoned


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In 1909 a tent city began to form in the area of people who had contracted the very contagious tuberculosis and had no where else to go. Some families even put members out on the street for fear of contracting the disease themselves.

Tuberculosis had an approximately 50% fatality rate for those who caught it.

A small clinic was created in the tent city in 1910 in an attempt to help these people.

The State of Maine had 2 sanatoriums for tuberculosis patients. This one called Central Maine was for the worse cases (people not expected to live) and the other called Western Maine for less severe cases (expected to make a full recovery and live).

In 1914 the first building was constructed after a donation by Valora Chase and named the Chase Memorial Building in memory of her husband.

Eventually the entire complex would be known as the Chase Sanatorium.

In 1915 the State government began to construct more buildings on the site.

With the discovery of antibiotics during the Second World War - in the 1940's - the number of tuberculosis patients began to fall rapidly.

In 1965 – 66 two of the main buildings were demolished and soon afterwards the site was sold and converted into a home for recovering alcoholics.

The tuberculosis part of the sanatorium closed down for good in June of 1970.

The use was then changed over to a nursing home before finally closing down in 2001.

In 1977 – 78 two more buildings were demolished.

The site is now mostly abandoned but two of the former staff housing buildings are being used.


Paranormal Activity

Reported activity: apparitions of former patients; shadow figures; unexplained noises from loud bangs to whispers; phantom sounds of coughing; cold spots; unexplained mists; disembodied voices; electrical disturbances including batteries being drained in seconds; objects moving on their own; touches, tugs and pulls from unseen entities; light anomalies and feelings of not being alone and being watched.