01. Welcome… to Forest Haven Mental Health Center


In this episode, we go inside the notorious Forest Haven Mental Health Center with host Thomas Kenning. Closed by court order in 1991 – after numerous documented cases of negligence – this shuttered facility in the woods of Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC is a popular spot for urbex enthusiasts. Kenning reflects on a close call while exploring with some friends – and the deeper human themes that often get left out of the more sensational YouTube videos filmed at this tragic location…

You can find a version of this story in Kenning’s 2018 book Abandoned Washington, DC.

The Trouble They’ve Seen: The Forest Haven Story by Noor Tagouri is a must-see film for anyone wanting to know more about the human toll exacted at this facility.

See more of Kenning’s Forest Haven photos at DCinruins.wordpress.com.

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