Foxborough State Hospital, historically known as the Massachusetts Hospital for Dipsomaniacs and Inebriates was established in the 1890s. In 1914 it became a psychiatric hospital, and it was closed in 1975. Throughout those years employees passed down a story of a patient who had been buried alone because they had some type of communicable disease. No one knew the identity of this patient, where they were buried, or if it was true at all.
The stately Victorian buildings may be derelict, but the contents inside them betray lives that were at times happy, but mostly tragic. The buildings were part of the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane where the discovery of suitcases in the attic of the building provided a cache of information as to the lives of the patients that came here, and sometimes spent their remaining days there.
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by Marlene Pardo Pellicer