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Taunton State Hospital (Taunton, MA) | Dayroom Blues

Day room, Taunton State Hospital
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Taunton State Hospital, day room. As it was at one of the ends of the building, this ward would most likely have been one of the 'snake pits', the term used for the wards where the most violent or ill were kept. Hospitals like this one, built following Thomas Kirkbride's plan, had one main entrance in the central administration section and the thought was that the further the most ill were from it, the harder it would be for them to escape.

Photograph of Taunton State Hospital by Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America. If you'd like to learn more about this location, it is a featured chapter in the new Abandoned America book Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other online booksellers across the globe.