(Mount Vernon Insane Hospital)(Mt Vernon Arsenal)

Coy Smith Highway, mt vernon, al

Status: Former Army Munitions Depot, Former Psychiatric Hospital, Closed to the Public


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This facility was built on the site of the former Mount Vernon Arsenal; a US Army munitions storage site dating back to 1828. The asylum was begun in 1900 and completed in 1902 in order to alleviate overcrowding at Bryce State Hospital.

It was originally named the Mount Vernon Hospital but changed its name in 1919 after the hospital's first superintendent.

It was originally designed to serve African American patients only, but was desegregated in 1969 after the introduction of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In February, 2012 the Alabama Department of Mental Health announced that all but two of its psychiatric facilities including Searcy would be closed down. The facility stopped taking patients in in September of 2012 and completely closed down in the end of October of the same year.

Historical groups have been working to try to get the site on the National Historic Registry but have not succeeded as of yet.

As of 2020 the County is trying to persuade the State to re-open part of the property in order to house prisoners with mental health related issues.


Paranormal Activity

Apparitions of former patients and staff; including ones walking out of walls. Apparitions of soldiers are seen as well.

Many patients complained of being terrorized by ghosts and devils in green while staying at the facility but were ignored because they were psychiatric patients (ie - crazy). Shadow figures have been seen roaming the grounds and buildings.

Doors and windows opening and closing on their own. Lights flickering and other electrical disturbances. Feelings of unease, terror, being watched, not being wanted, physical illness, being followed and not being wanted.

Unexplained noises including cries, screams, laughter, voices, bangs etc. Objects disappearing and moving on their own. Touches, pulls and tugs by invisible presences as well as reports of attacks leaving physical marks.

Other activity: light anomalies; mysterious mists; phantom footsteps and empathic feelings of sorrow and fright.