(Sept 4, 2008) Today I was given a tour of where the old greenville TB hospital used to be.
This location was known as the Hopewell Tuberculosis Sanatorium. It served as Greenvilles TB sanitorium from the 1930s up to about 1950. After that is was used to house the criminally insane and then it was used as a prison work release site. Locals call it the asylum, old TB hospital, etc.
In 2001 the building was burned badly and demolished. While I did not get to personally investigate the building prior to it’s destruction, I do remember the location from when I was a kid.
This site has been written about in books on South Carolina ghost stories AND a book about Upstate SC ghosts. Even on the internet the stories about this old site remain…
It was said that on the first floor you could hear footsteps that break into a run and screams. It is also reported that on the third floor you could feel like you were being pushed. Also loud clatter and things moving by themselves along with apparitions. It is also said that you could sit at the driveway and see shadow figures roaming the property.
Some people call this location “devils castle”.. even the ghost books. Fact is “devils castle” is a separate location.
There is some mis-information on the net about the address of this old sanitorium. Some say it is on Piney Mountain rd… it is not. After digging around a little bit I wanted to share my findings so that others who wish to research this site can actually find it.
The actual address is 126 Beverly Rd, Greenville, SC 29609
(off Rutherford Rd. across from Farmer’s Market)
It is now call HERDKLOTZ PARK. Here is my account of the past few days research…
Yesterday my best friends wife showed me the park built on the site of the old sanatorium. While walking around… I was quietly asking if anyone was still there… if so I would come back and do more research.
It was daylight, after we walked around for about 10 minutes we got back to her car and her headlights were on…. they were not on when we left the locked car. So I clearly understood… There is still activity at this site.
This morning I went for my reiki session and my reiki gal was led by her guide to take me back in time to when she used sneak into the old sanatorium.
You know it is now a childrens park right??? AND here is where is gets really weird… they left the original boiler room intact… and possibly the entire basement… both of which were known to be very active areas. Now just sealed up…
They just flattened the old building and built the new playground equipment right on top! The playground is IN the physical space that used to be INSIDE the building.
I recorded our conversation and was quite startled to hear some impressive background chatter and banging in the clips. It was broad daylight and we got very clear lunchroom type chatter and screams. None of which was happening in person… This type of phenomena is known as an EVP.
And I do not mean something you have to strain to hear. You could swear there was all sorts of ruckus around us. So loud at times we would have had to speak louder if it was really there in the present.
They left the original main entry steps intact…. those now lead to the playground. As we stood there we discussed the layout of the original building. On the recording you hear a very clear bell type sound with an echo like in a hall… this sound was NOT in the physical world while we talked. We were standing in what would have been the old lobby.
My recordings outside of the building site sounded less like a cafeteria and were a slightly different nature. Still with banging…
One of greenvilles most haunted old places is still VERY active and is now a place for kids to play! Shall we call it Greenvilles most haunted park?
While my recordings today are more light hearted in nature as far as the nature of the EVPs… I am certain the tone and feel of the recordings will be more sinister once the sun goes down.
Just a few months back, a guy and his friend saw a pool of blood near the horse shoe area. They got freaked out and left the park… A bit later he went back due to curiosity and there was no blood.
This old site was legendary for it’s paranormal activity and it has been converted into a park for families and kids. This lot sat empty for years as commercial and residential developers would not touch it…
My research of this site will continue. Stay tuned for more news from the paranormal!
If you have any stories related to the new Herdklotz Park or the old TB sanitorium, then feel free to get in touch with me. I would love to hear your story!