|Posted on July 19, 2011 at 6:19 AM|
There were many things located on the grounds of the hospital ranging from apple orchards to huge hills of coal and ash from the power plants. In fact, the Potter's Field Cemetery was built atop a hill made up of ash from the second power plant, while an apple orchard was cleared out to make room for the construction of the third power plant.
Thick wooded areas now surround the derelict buildings of the hospital. Thorn bushes and poison ivy grow rampant making the woods hazardous to venture through. One must be sure to tread carefully when exploring the wilds of the Nissequogue River State Park.
The boat basin at the canal is still one of the prettiest sections of the park, especially when boats are lined up docked near the old boathouse. However, during the low tide boats must be removed because the water can become as shallow as three inches. An old barge once used to bring coal and building supplies can still be seen beached at the edge of the canal. with a building built onto it that was once used as a yacht club.
Many roads also entered and crossed through the hospital grounds. Most are closed off to the public now, but at one time they were used on a regular basis by employees and visitors to the state hospital. The main boulevard remains used by the town, but at night entering the park property is frowned upon, as the park closes at dusk.
Do you have any tales regarding the layout of the land surrounding the hospital buildings? Please, feel free to tell them here. Maybe I can fit it into the book somehow, as I am still open to new ideas.