5. Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital

There’s something to be said about the attention paid to the architecture of Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital, founded in 1874. The American Queen Anne style, once a stylish residential style of architecture, takes on a quintessential haunted house feel when applied at the institutional scale. Using occupational therapy to hopefully cure mentally ill patients, the activity at Middletown State included arts, writing and most notably, baseball. The Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital baseball team was known as The Asylums, and did so well they competed with the top teams in the region including the Cuban Giants (a split game) and the New York Giants. Several players were recruited from The Asylums to the professional leagues, including George Tuck Turner who played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Jack Chesbro who played for the New York Highlanders.

At its peak, over 3600 patients were treated here and wasn’t closed until 2006. Despite demolition, some buildings have remained.