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In the main back room, leading to the foyer of the Knox County Poorhouse. You can always count on graffitii-scrawling kids to beat you to a good abandoned old building.



The Knox County Poorhouse, easily the most scary, hulking, and generally very dark abandoned landmark we found on this trip, was also a highlight of the trip. The below description is adapted from that found at


The Knox County Poorhouse was originally constructed for the less fortunate of Knox County, Ohio. It was built between the years of 1875 to 1877 and was one of the largest buildings in the county. It was purchased by the Mount Vernon Bible College in the 50's, then ultimately closed in the 1980's.


The Knox County Poorhouse was constructed in 1875 and was used for 75-years to house the poor, many of whom lived and died on the grounds. The 90,000 sq. ft., four-story building featured 90 rooms. The Poorhouse closed in 1953 due to structural stability concerns, although it became home to the Mount Vernon Bible College in 1957 until 1987. In 1997, the building became home to the House of Nightmares, a haunted house, which operated until 2006 when a section of the interior collapsed.


The house now sits, delapidated and crumbling, still filled with old Haunted House relics. One lone light is on, right in the front entryway, which must be accessed through the back door, as the front steps are falling apart. Regular patrols try to keep out curious seekers and squatters, but when we visited, the back door had been kicked open, and let visitors (and any number of critters) in without any problem.

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Taken on March 25, 2008