Manhattan’s own Inwood Park was once the home of the House of Mercy, the House of Rest for Consumptives, and the Magdalen Benevolent Society. These cheerful sounding institutions were anything but.
More than 100 years ago, three separate institutions holding ladies deemed wayward or of ill-repute, along with tuberculosis patients, were located in what is now Inwood Hill Park, […] there were many reports of cruel and unusual punishments by the ringleaders and caretakers, and many of the young women would attempt to climb the tall structures and escape the confines of these walls.
While all physical remnants of these asylums are gone, there have been various stories of encounters with the forgotten spirits of these times. Read through the full article for more history on Inwood Park’s chilling past.
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