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Welcome to Serenity Lake Sanatorium. Though this institution was named to inspire peace and painlessness, the reality was quite the opposite. This institution, constructed in 1907 to house patients afflicted by tuberculosis (also known as the "White Plague"), was a death camp for diseased outcasts who had no other hope of medical care. Society's phobias toward tuberculosis and the other infectious diseases treated here forced Serenity Lake to become self-efficient in order to have the least amount of contact with the outside world. Tuberculosis [delete comma] was a highly infectious disease that first attacked the lungs, deteriorating the lining and causing chronic coughing and bloody phlegm. Once it entered the blood stream, it destroyed bones, lymph glands and kidneys. Then it infected the brain and nervous system, causing dementia, coma and finally death. The highly communicable nature of this airborne disease made its victims feared and treated like lepers by society. They were exiled to sanatoriums, like Serenity Lake, where they waited to die. Perhaps most horrific of all were the scores of children who fell victim to this deadly killer. They were taken far from their homes and families to be admitted here, where the rest of their short lives were spent in pain and suffering.

After World War I, a new structure was added to the facility to accommodate the hundreds of veterans returning home with diseases from abroad. Unfortunately, the soldiers clashed with the hospital staff, considering it demeaning to take orders from non-military personnel. Fights broke out on a regular basis between patient and orderly, grudges were held and vengeance taken. In 1918, Dr. Jacob Ellison was named superintendent of this facility. A few years after his tenure began, his wife Gloria tragically contracted tuberculosis. The guilt of feeling that he was responsible for his wife's disease fueled an obsessive drive in the doctor to find a cure to save his ailing wife.

Today, Serenity Lake is haunted by the ghosts of its past. Some of the spirits you will encounter here during your investigation are: Gloria Ellison: The once beautiful wife of Doctor Jacob Ellison became riddled with scars and open sores. Gloria died in the bedroom of their house. Her husband's obsession has anchored her spirit to this house and her ghost has reportedly been seen wandering the bedroom at night.

Aaron Cobb the Pig Man: When the Pig Man finally died, the staff at Serenity Lake was relieved. Aaron Cobb was so horribly disfigured by the disease lupus that his family exiled him to Serenity Lake. The Pig Man's ghost is said to haunt the attic in which he was confined. These spirits continue to haunt the dark recesses of the compound. Suicide victims, patients who died on the operating table, accident casualties, and even the apparition of Pig Man terrorize the area. Much like the phobia of disease that kept people away from the sanatorium in earlier times, the threats of ghosts continue to keep them away today.



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 Photos: Serenity Lake

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