Worcester State Hospital – Worcester, Massachusetts - Atlas Obscura

Worcester State Hospital

A spooky and decrepit mental health facility is slowly being replaced with newer digs. 


As this once-proud mental health facility ages and succumbs to demolition, new plans rise in its wake. But much of the history and intrigue that belonged with the ruins are being lost.

Worcester State Hospital is an abandoned mental hospital off of Route 9 in Worcester, Massachusetts. In the 1870s, Worcester State Hospital was a campus of buildings, but now only two of those buildings remain, including the famously spooky and distinctive clock tower.

As of August 2012, ongoing remodeling and construction projects were underway all around the hospital. A new mental health facility is being constructed just behind the abandoned clock tower, and the clock tower itself was being deconstructed. According to the plan, the clocktower will be replaced with an eventual monument to Worcester State Hospital. Access to the site remains limited, however.

Unfortunately for most explorers and ghost hunters, the remaining original building (with the exception of the Hooper Turret) has been completely demolished.