Among the top 5 creepiest places in the Finger Lakes, Willard Psych Center (not far from Ovid) was closed in 1995, after 126 years as a NYS facility treating mentally ill patients. This year on May 18th, you will have an opportunity to tour the grounds for $10 per person, as a fundraiser for the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Child Care Center, which operates where Willard’s School of Nursing was once housed.
Seneca Daily News says “Former Willard hospital employees and some current staff of the Willard Drug Treatment Campus, which took over the property in 1995, will be available to answer questions and offer background during the event. Some may discuss ghost sightings that have been the subject of television shows. Visitors will also have the chance to inspect the Willard Cemetery where 5,776 Willard patients were buried from 1870 to 2000. An effort has been underway to restore the cemetery, which is adjacent to hospital grounds.
Photo: What They Left Behind (suitcaseexhibit.org)