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tsvetanar on June 8, 2007

It's magnificent! What is its story?

David Gagnon on July 6, 2007

I like Hitchcock photographic style.

Cyril Victor on July 29, 2007

Umm so good atmosphere...

Hans Sterkendries on September 24, 2007

Don't know if you added the clouds yourself but it makes this picture just perfect!

yourwjd on October 3, 2007


Kriss Topher on October 31, 2007

Beatiful. And where is vampire?

baylorbabe on June 12, 2008

So...is anyone going to actually say anything about this picture...is it just posted because someone wants to get feedback on their amateur photography skills or does it have any actual historical relevance?

Draken on June 13, 2008

It only takes a bit of "googling" (see the link)

Anritha on June 18, 2008

Actually this building started out as a poorhouse for Knox County. After that the major use was the Knox County Bible College. These days it is used a haunted house (House of Nightmares) and rumor has it that several ghosts actually still roam the halls from when it was a poorhouse. The real place is much less spooky than this picture. Bravo to the photographer who took this.

lindjo on June 28, 2008

I live near this building. My daughter and I actually go sledding in the winter on a large hill next to it. Believe me this building doesn't look this good in real life. Professional photography does wonders. I think it was an old school- I'll check on this.

optimizer72 on October 18, 2008

Haunted places exist around the world, but in the United States, haunted schools, hospitals, and county institutions are among the most popular buildings to be labeled as haunted. In some cases it may be as simple as the building being abandoned, and stories being attributed to why the building was abandoned. In some cases the story becomes a little convoluted over time. Such is the case with the Knox County Poorhouse in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

The Knox County Poorhouse opened is 1857 as a place to house the poor and indigent in that area of Ohio. County homes during this time were a last choice for many. The mentally insane were sometimes left there by families who could not afford proper treatment. Many of the other residents were elderly people who had no other place to go. The county homes were overpopulated with not enough resources or employees to go around.

During its use as the Knox County Poorhouse, the first rumors that something wasn't right began appearing. Rumors swirled that the horrible conditions those inside faced led to more than a few deaths over the years. To cover up those deaths, the bodies were buried around the adjacent land, and anywhere else employees could find space.

Once the Knox County Poorhouse closed, the building became part of the Mt. Vernon Bible College. What happened during those days only added to the rumors surrounding the building. A tragic elevator accident took the lives of several students at the college.

What is it than that people experience at the former Knox County Poorhouse that leads some to believe it might be haunted? First there are the voices that have been heard. Some have claimed to hear what sounded like someone directly behind them, but when they turned around there was no one there. Others have taken photographs on the property, and found weird things in the images. Another story says that the girls who were killed in the elevator wander through the halls, as if still on their way to class.

Kristal Rose on November 2, 2008

very nice shot

Silvia Repová on November 2, 2008

Amazing, freezing...

debbiela on March 2, 2009

May look scary but it is not haunted. No elevator accident, due to the fact that there was no elevator ever in the building. There were graves in a small cemetary next to the college but never had any UNWANTED VISITORS.

kellymlacy on March 14, 2009

beautiful HDR, great job!

László Ángyán on March 16, 2009

Amazing shot and subsequent work.

Greetings from Hungary

lricard on December 21, 2009

This photo is fabulous...I pass this everyday, several times! You should see it right now with the snow and the ice on the building...LOVE IT! My daughter is a photographer and has dreams of making it big, coming back and buying this place...she loves it too!

Ahmad Kouti on August 27, 2010

very nice,i LIKE it,


DijanaGolubovic on February 9, 2011

Really beautiful! Greetings from Montenegro, Dijana

Matteo B on August 17, 2011

Nice shot!

Greetings, matteberna

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