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.