What up people.
I am new to this forum, but I have been posting on others for years. I've been exploring for about 5 years, which is more than a quarter of my life. I have gone to locations all over NJ, and out of state too, but what I have really focused the duration of my time and energy on is the hospital known as Overbrook.
Overbrook was the first place I ever saw the inside of, but long before I got inside I read every single scrap of history I could find on it. I was mesmerized by the beautiful maze of red and yellow bricks, lined with copper and limestone. My friends and I would wander the grounds for hours, filming ourselves standing outside the buildings, explaining what they were used for. Being a naieve pre- teen, I was not concerned at all with the police, despite having numerous run in's with them. I was absolutely fascinated by the place. I even clipped every article they printed in the paper about it. The headlines of "8 more arrested at old hospital" and such kept me out of the buildings themselves, but I spent hours perusing the streets that run through the place.
I stopped going to Overbrook for a while, while my circle of friends shifted, but soon enough I was back at the hospital, showing my new friends the awesome complex. We would walk up to the buildings, all hopped up on adrenaline, only to run away when we heard the slightest noise. Then one day, I saw one of the rear doors of Building 14, the Turning Point building, slightly cracked. I called everyone in my phone book to let them know I was finally about to get in! I walked inside about 20 feet, and at that point I felt completely incapacitated by the sheer thrill of being inside the coolest place in the world (which I had thought Overbrook was at the time). Anyone who knows the history of the place would know that building 14 was the first building to be demolished at the complex (after it was entirely closed) in the summer of 2008. I was in In California when I got the picture from my brother of the newspaper article about it. It almost ruined my vacation. When I got back to Jersey, I walked up to the complex to stare at the rubble of the grand building. There were still a few walls standing, so I just walked around for a while. The next day i was determined to see more of the 40+ building complex. My friends and I would wander the grounds, finding open windows and doors to such buildings as the caretakers house (building 29), the PEER building (building 33) and the greenhouses. Eventually i got more and more into doing other things with my friends, and I stopped visiting the hospital once again.
Then I asked my friend Luke if he wanted to go back to see if we could find our way in. We walked around back of Rawson Hall (building 37) and I spotted an open window. needless to say we were thrilled. We ran up to the building, slid through the window, and started to explore. We went through the building, took a few pictures, and headed back out to the woods to go home. We went back to this particular building a few more times, but soon got bored of it. We wanted to see the huge buildings across the street. On super bowl Sunday, 2010, we decided we were going to get into the wards. As we walked up the road that passes between buildings 1-5 and 11, Luke proceeded to ask me how we were going to get in. Right as he was finishing up his thought, an open window into Building 4 appeared. Again I was overcome with feelings of intense euphoria. We were both silent as we walked through the desolate building, just trying to find words to express how great it was to be inside the cool side of the hospital.
Being that we were older now, the cops were more intimidating to us. We wanted a better way in. That's when I remembered that there was a tunnel in the PEER building. We quickly headed over to the hospital, anticipating a great journey. We found the tunnel, walked it through to the bigger side of the campus, and just wandered for hours.
Since then, I have gone over 100 times, and have explored all that the vast campus has to offer. I have taken pictures of almost every building, top to bottom, that still stand, and a few that have previously been demolished. I still haven't got my fill of the place, even after countless close calls with the police. I still go, though not as frequently as I used to, and probably have ran into many people from this forum.
Now why am I spilling my guts to a bunch of people on the internet? I'm doing it to plug the page I have made for the hospital on facebook, which offers news updates, historical information, and all of my pictures, categorized by building. I also have a brief history that I have written myself on it. I have spent hours working on the page, strictly so people can have a place to go and check out what the place looks like, and also to have any questions answered. For those who are concerned about my credibility, I am a trustee of my local historical society, and I have talked to the President of the society quite frequently about the place, verifying my history before I add it to the page. Check it out if you have the chance, and let me know what you think. Any input is appreciated.
Here's a link to the page:
Thanks in advance. I will start putting up my pictures from other places as soon as I find the time.