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  • Writer's pictureAbby Brenker

Fairfield Hills Hospital in Newtown, Connecticut

Welcome to Fairfield Hills Hospital in Newtown Connecticut. When operational, this psychiatric ward performed psychosurgery, hydrotherapy, insulin shock therapy, and lobotomy. Obviously, many of those treatments have since been proven harmful and incredibly painful and traumatizing for patients. 

Fairfield Hills was open from 1931 until 1995. At its peak, it had beds for 4,000 patients. Initially it opened because the two other psychiatric hospitals in Connecticut were over capacity.  The hospital campus consists of 16 buildings, spread out over 100 acres of land.

With an additional 670 acres surrounding. Notably there was an extensive tunnel system built below the campus, in order to transport patients, hospital equipment, food and sometimes corpses between buildings. Deinstitutionalization caused many psychiatric hospitals to close, and by 1995 Fairfield Hills was deprecated. 

Now, it’s home to a brewery, senior center and other community buildings that utilized the restored campus. You'll find many families and locals walking around the green space of Fairfield Hills.

There have been some reports of haunted and unexplained experiences by visitors to Fairfield Hills, including mysterious footsteps, disembodied voices and shadows.

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