the essex county

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Overbrook Asylum

In 1896, Essex County Asylum for the Insane was build on 325 acres of lane in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. The asylum was more commonly referred to as Overbrook. From the onset, the asylum was at full capacity, often housing thousands of patients at once. Additionally, the asylum was severely understaffed. On the grounds of the asylum stood a train station, as well as a power house and a boiler. The patients at the asylum were mostly fed by food that was grown in the fields on the grounds. A bakery and firehouse were also built within the complex of Overbrook.

It was said that it was a town within a town, but with an ever growing patient list combined with minimal staff and developing drugs, it was set up to fail, and fail it certainly did. Due to the sheer amount of patients, many were left without a bed and were forced to sleep on the cold asylum floors. In 1917, disaster struck when the asylum’s only boiler malfunctioned and 24 inmates froze to death in their beds while they slept. Disease was often rampant in Overbrook.

As time progressed and mental health issues became better understood, grim methods such as lobotomies and electroshock therapy became outdated. This was a blow to the already failing asylum, who used both methods in abundance. The asylum eventually closed in 2007, with over 10,000 patients dying within the confines of the walls. It isn’t much surprise that many say Overbrook is haunted - several visitors have claimed to witness a nurse wearing a 19th century nurses uniform, walking around the asylum conducting checks.

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Overbrook Asylum

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Construction of northern New Jersey’s Essex County Hospital for the Insane, known locally as Overbrook Asylum, began in 1896 and continued through the early 1900s. It was built to ease overcrowding at Newark Hospital, but it wasn’t long before it started experiencing some trouble of its own.

Thousands of mentally ill patients who required daily care were sent to Overbrook, and it was soon operating at full capacity. To handle this enormous patient influx - as well as provide for the needs of the workers - Overbrook grew into a small town complete with farms, a power plant, firehouse, theater, school, bakery, and much more. It even had a semi-professional baseball team. The facility required so much fuel and other resources that a railroad stop was constructed to service it.

There are a lot of stories of tragedy at Overbrook, and given the time period and the nature of the institution, many of them are surely true. But one stands out. As reported by the New York Times, Overbrook’s boilers failed for 20 days during the frigid winter of 1917. Twenty-four patients froze to death in their beds, and many more suffered frostbite. 

Along with other asylums, Overbrook began to decline in the 1960s with the advent of new psychiatric medications and other treatments for mental illness. By 1975, it was maintaining only a very small patient population and most of the buildings were abandoned. By the mid 1990s, no more patients remained. The buildings and their contents - including patients’ records dating back to the late 1800s, were left to rot.

During the latter half of the 20th century, Overbrook became a New Jersey legend. Ghost stories proliferated, and venturing onto its decaying grounds became a rite of passage for many youths in the region.

In the 2000s, a lot of the buildings were torn down. Yet, a massive complex of structures remains - a testament to Overbrook’s former dominance of the surrounding area.

I visited in April 2014.

(For more photos of this site, see sets two and three.)

wispqueen  asked:

If you’re ever in NJ you should visit the Turtle Back Zoo in Essex county! It used to be a very small zoo but it’s been growing a lot over the years.

I’ve been there! They hosted a skillshare conference I attended last fall and I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with both their keeper staff and the management. I’m impressed by how open-minded the culture of management is there - they’re recently AZA-accredited but very open to people and ideas from ZAA or non-accredited facilities. Everything I have to say about them is positive.

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Essex County Hospital Center

WARNING: please, if you are visiting this location, stay on the outside of the barricades and do not attempt to go onto the campus/inside the buildings for the time being. It has been a hotspot for multiple arrests as of late August
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IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you see a dead salamander, please report it to my iNaturalist.org page where I’m helping monitor for salamander chytrid fungus! Watch my video explanation at: https://youtu.be/X6Pr8hzkiEE and follow the observation submission link here: http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/saving-salamanders-with-citizen-science

Pictured here is a recent mortality event involving adult Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) from Essex County, Vermont, very close to Mt. Washington in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Please keep your eyes peeled for more like this!

He knew his room was in the old Witch House—that, indeed, was why he had taken it. There was much in the Essex County records about Keziah Mason’s trial, and what she had admitted under pressure to the Court of Oyer and Terminer had fascinated Gilman beyond all reason. She had told Judge Hathorne of lines and curves that could be made to point out directions leading through the walls of space to other spaces beyond, and had implied that such lines and curves were frequently used at certain midnight meetings in the dark valley of the white stone beyond Meadow Hill and on the unpeopled island in the river. She had spoken also of the Black Man, of her oath, and of her new secret name of Nahab. Then she had drawn those devices on the walls of her cell and vanished.
The Dreams in the Witch House by H.P. Lovecraft

The Dreams in the Witch House Collage by Harry O. Morris, 1979.

Graphic Novels to Grab

This post is for my friend @iispecial4her-blog. You said you wanted to expand your comic book horizons, right? Well, I think this list will do that for you bud. 

Originally posted by mickeylikescheese-blog

  1. Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons (Illustrator/Letterer), John Higgins (Colorist)
  2. The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis #1-4) by Marjane Satrapi
  3. The Complete Maus (Maus #1-2) by Art Spiegelman
  4. Blankets by Craig Thompson
  5. Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life (Scott Pilgrim #1) by Bryan Lee O'Malley
  6. Batman: The Long Halloween (Batman) by Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale (Illustrator), Gregory Wright (Colors), Richard Starkings (Letters)
  7. Black Hole (Black Hole #1-12) by Charles Burns
  8. Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key #1) by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez (Artist)
  9. Akira, Vol. 1 (Akira: 6 Volumes #1) by Katsuhiro Otomo, Yoko Umezawa (Translator), Linda M. York (Translator), Jo Duffy (Translator)
  10. Chew, Vol. 1: Taster’s Choice (Chew #1-5) by John Layman, Rob Guillory (Illustrator)
  11. Identity Crisis (Identity Crisis #1-7) by Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales (Illustrator), Michael Bair (Illustrator), Joss Whedon (Introduction)
  12. Essex County (Essex County #1-3) by Jeff Lemire
  13. Batman, Volume 1: The Court of Owls (Batman, Volume II #1) by Scott Snyder (Writer), Greg Capullo (Illustrator), Jonathan Glapion (Illustrator)
  14. Kick-Ass (Kick-Ass Vol. 1: 1-8) by Mark Millar, John Romita Jr. (Illustrator), Rob Liefeld (Introduction)
  15. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal (Ms. Marvel, Volume III & IV #1)
    by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona (Artist)

  16. Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites (Beasts of Burden #1) by Evan Dorkin, Jill Thompson (Artist)
  17. Road to Perdition (Road to Perdition #1) by Max Allan Collins, Richard Piers Rayner (Illustrator)
  18. The Sculptor by Scott McCloud 
  19. Deadly Class, Vol. 1: Reagan Youth (Deadly Class #1) by Rick Remender, Wes Craig (Illustrator), Lee Loughridge (Illustrator)
  20. Suicide Squad, Volume 1: Kicked in the Teeth (Suicide Squad, Volume IV #1) by Adam Glass (Writer), Federico Dallocchio (Illustrator), Cliff Richards (Illustrator), Clayton Henry (Illustrator), Ig Guara (Illustrator)
  21. Torso by Brian Michael Bendis, Marc Andreyko
  22. The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn (Graphic Novels) #1-6)
    by Peter S. Beagle, Peter B. Gillis (Adaptor), Renae De Liz (illustrator), Ray Dillon (illustrator)

  23. Hack/Slash Omnibus Volume 1 (Hack/Slash Omnibus 1) by Tim Seeley (Goodreads Author), Dave Crosland, Stefano Caselli
  24. The Stand: Captain Trips (Stephen King’s The Stand - Graphic Novel series #1) by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Adaptor), Stephen King (Story), Mike Perkins (Illustrator), Laura Martin (Illustrator)
  25. Spider-Gwen, Vol. 0: Most Wanted? (Spider-Gwen #0) by Jason Latour (Writer), Robbi Rodriguez (Artist)
  26. Gwenpool, the Unbelievable, Vol. 1: Believe It (The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1) by Christopher Hastings, Danilo Beyruth (Artist), Gurihiru (Artist)
  27. The Sandman: Overture (The Sandman 0) by Neil Gaiman (Writer), J.H. Williams III (Artist), Dave Stewart (Colourist), Todd Klein (Letterer)
  28. Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 1: A Sea of Troubles (Kill Shakespeare #1)
    by Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, Andy Belanger (Illustrator)

  29. Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen (Writer), Jonathan Case (Illustrator)
  30. Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 1: The Assassin’s Road (Lone Wolf and Cub #1) by Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima (Illustrator)
  31. Too Cool to Be Forgotten by Alex Robinson 
  32. Gotham Central, Vol. 1: In the Line of Duty (Gotham Central trade paperbacks #1) by Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Michael Lark (Illustrator)
  33. Astonishing X-Men Omnibus (Astonishing X-Men #1-4) by Joss Whedon (Text), John Cassaday (Illustrator)
  34. Runaways Deluxe, Vol. 1 (Runaways Deluxe #1) by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona (Illustrator), Takeshi Miyazawa (Illustrations)
  35. The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act (The Wicked + The Divine #1-5) by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (illustrator), Matt Wilson (illustrator)
  36. Alias, Vol. 1 (Alias #1) by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos, Jeph Loeb (Introduction)
  37. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley 
  38. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson 
  39. Afterlife with Archie, Vol. 1: Escape from Riverdale (Afterlife With Archie #1-5) by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Writer), Francesco Francavilla (Illustrations) 
  40. X'ed Out (Last Look Trilogy #1) by Charles Burns
  41. Get Jiro! (Get Jiro #1) by Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose, Langdon Foss (Illustrations)
  42. Batgirl: Year One (Batgirl) by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon (Goodreads Author), Marcos Martin (Illustrator), Álvaro López (Illustrator)
  43. Y: The Last Man - The Deluxe Edition Book One (Y: The Last Man #1-2)
    by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Pia Guerra (Penciller), José Marzán Jr. (Inker), Pamela Rambo (Colorist), Clem Robins (Letterer), J.G. Jones (Covers)
  44. Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile (Fables #1) by Bill Willingham (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Lan Medina (Artist), Steve Leialoha (Artist), Craig Hamilton (Artist), James Jean (Cover Artist)
  45. Saga: Vol. 1 (Saga #1) by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)
  46. The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite (The Umbrella Academy #1) by Gerard Way (Writer), Gabriel Bá, Dave Stewart (Colourist), Nate Piekos (Letterer), Tony Ong (Designer)
  47. The Unwritten, Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity (The Unwritten #1) by Mike Carey (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Bill Willingham (Goodreads Author) (Introduction), Peter Gross (Writer, Artist)
  48. 100 Bullets, Vol. 1: First Shot, Last Call (100 Bullets #1) by Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso (Illustrator)
  49. Level Up by Gene Luen Yang (Goodreads Author), Thien Pham
  50. One-Punch Man, Vol. 1 (ワンパンマン / Onepunch-Man #1)
    by ONE, Yusuke Murata (Illustrator), John Werry (Translator)

Here are the long overdue recommendations I promised you. Thanks for being patient. I hope you enjoy them! 

Originally posted by aoricc