Glenn Dale Tuberculosis Hospital (Glenn Dale, Maryland)
ADDRESS: 5201 Glenn Dale Rd, Glenn Dale, MD 20769
COORDINATES: 38.962553, -76.809914
Glenn Dale Hospital was a tuberculosis sanatorium and isolation hospital built in 1934. The hospital consists of 23 buildings and sits on 216 acres of land. Glenn Dale Hospital’s 23 buildings include the children’s nurse’s homes, the children’s hospital, residences D through F, adults’ nurse’s homes, adults hospital, and much more. (Despite urban legend, the hospital’s incinerator was not used for the burning of human remains, rather it was used to burn human wastes.)Both the children’s and adults’ buildings are connected by a series of underground tunnels, like many sanitariums. These walkways join the basements of both buildings together, however in some places the walkways are flooded with almost three feet of water. Each hospital basement has its own morgue. The hospital closed in 1981 due to the large amounts of asbestos as well as the development of vaccines.
And now, of course, on to the urban legends of the hospital. Glenn Dale had a history of maltreatment of patients, this includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, extreme isolation, and torture of both adult and child patients. Urban legends claim that the victims of these abuses still haunt the halls today. There are many reported sightings of ghostly patients, smoke coming from the crematorium, and even a large pack of ghostly hounds running along the property. People have also complained of noises such as banging and yelling coming from the hospital walls hear screams and sometimes laughter. Inside there is sometimes a strong odor of burning flesh and smoke coming from where they used to burn the bodies. In one particular room, there is said to be sightings of a man in a straightjacket who went insane after watching his family being murdered by an intruder to his home while he hid in a closet.
Mark Twain said it best, “The truth is stranger than fiction.” In this case, that’s definitely true. A local who lived across the street from the hospital heard gunshots coming from the building. He called the police, and they actually found one of their own officers at the building, unable to speak and staring straight ahead. He had shot off all of his rounds at something that was never found.
**I’d like to recommend not exploring this building. Maryland’s police patrol the hospital grounds regularly, there are massive amounts of asbestos and lead paint, and parts of the underground walkways are flooded with nearly three feet of thirty-year-old water. In addition to all of that, the buildings are infested with rats and bats.**