“But I do believe in the paranormal, that there are things our brains just can’t understand.” Art Bell
While thinking of another paranormal topic for Weirdo October I remembered a tale of an old Seminary College located near Ellicott City Maryland called “Hell House“.
For over 100 years, St. Mary’s College was a religious preparatory school for young men entering the seminary.
The school was founded in 1866 and its main building was erected in 1868 in Ilchester, Maryland, just minutes from the quaint streets of historic Ellicott City.
The school was run by a Catholic religious order known as the Redemptorists. Over the years, the number of men entering the order dwindled and the school was eventually forced to close its doors in 1972.
Once the College was abandoned it became the target of curious adventurers and vandals. Apparently a mean old caretaker along with his Rottweiler’s lived on the property to keep trespassers away.
Being a huge fan of Historic sites I was dismayed to learn that the ruins of St. Mary’s College were demolished in 2006. I never did get a chance to visit it.
Many people confuse St. Mary’s College which was for men with Patapsco Female Institute which was a finishing school for girls.
The school had the distinction of being one of the first female institutes in the south when it was officially opened in 1839.
In 1917, the school was turned into a 50-bed hospital for wounded service men from World War I. Today, the site is accessible as a historic park and has been partially restored for events. It is also an active archaeological site as well.”
The Patapsco Female Institute is preserved and open for haunted ghost tours.
There are lots of spooky tales about events that transpired at Hell House and The Patapsco Female Institute.
Instead of regurgitating them I decided to add some links to sites that go in depth about the history of Hell House and The Patapsco Female Institute.
Here are some links to other sites that have photos and stories of Hell House. Be sure to read the comments where applicable because there are some great personal stories in there too.