Floyd County Asylum spooks investigators and WDRB crew
The Floyd County Asylum was a jail, juvenile detention center and an infirmary and refuge.
In the nineteenth century, before federal welfare created a safety net for the poor and disabled, Indiana’s 92 counties operated poor farms or county homes. The large and handsome complexes — often second only to the county courthouse in architectural presence — sheltered people who earned their keep working on the farm and in the institution. Beginning in the 1930s, federal programs gradually decreased the need for these locally financed institutions, resulting in the destruction of more than one-third of the 92 county homes. Seven historic county homes are vacant — in Floyd, Parke, Randolph, Steuben, Switzerland, Union, and White counties — and most face demolition or its less deliberate cousin, neglect. Built in 1869, the Warren County Home in Williamsport was demolished last year.
Called many names through the ages, including the County Poor Asylum and the Floyd County Home for Aged, the grounds around the home have served as a burial ground for many of its poor inhabitants. Evidence based on ground contour shows that at least two separate graveyards may have existed specifically for the institution, including that of the marked Potter’s Field.
Some people say that a few of the poor farms residents have never left the building,or left the grounds and is haunted do to this effect.
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NEW ALBANY, In. (WDRB)–Today it’s a boarded up, beaten up building in the middle of New Albany’s Grant Line Road. Before, at different points in history, the Floyd County Asylum was a jail, juvenile detention center, infirmary and refuge.
“It was the county Poor Farm for a long time as well,” said Matthew Jackson, an investigator with paraholics.com
What happened in between the walls of the asylum apparently got ugly.
“Quite a few people passed here,” investigator, Mike Culwell added.
Stories were left untold.
“Whatever was here seemed to be starving for attention,” Jackson said.
Culwell and Jackson have been learning more about it in the past few weeks, first hand. The two obtained the keys to try and connect with whatever or whomever may still be calling this place home.
What they experienced was nothing short of chilling.
“We had what appeared to be an item thrown at us,” Culwell said.
Voices also allegedly communicated through radio transmissions– willing and able to answer questions, make requests, and call out Culwell.
“He is a bad cop,” the spirit allegedly said.
Culwell is a retired officer from the New Albany Police Department.
“The cop in me is always quick to question every thing, but then there are certain things when they call you by name and say you were a police officer. There’s just no way to explain that,” explained Culwell.
Speaking of unexplainable, when WDRB first entered the Floyd County Asylum, we had two cameras running. A go-pro and standard news camera. Our news camera, with a full battery and in mint condition, began randomly turning off.
“I was just doing my job, and it randomly turned off,” said WDRB photographer, Josh Kidd.
Not once, but a few times. Was a spirit responsible? Did they not want us there?
“Were we communicating with people who passed away here? We really don’t know,” Jackson said.
What the two say they do know is– what continues to happen here is anything but normal.
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Something spooky happened at Tuesday’s Floyd County Commissioners meeting
NEW ALBANY — From the paranormal to the mundane, the first meeting of 2016 for the Floyd County Commissioners had a little bit of everything Tuesday night at the Pine View Government Center.
The first order of business was to elect a president. Steve Bush, who is finishing out his third term, will be at the helm in 2016. This will be the sixth time, in 12 years, that Bush has served as president of the commissioners.
He said he is looking for a productive year, one that will be without funding drama. He hopes to work more closely with the Floyd County Council.
The sale, or the selection of a partner, by Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services will likely be one of the first big decisions for the commissioners this year. Hospital leadership is expected to announce a possible deal later this month or in February.
“We just have to see what is best for Floyd County. We always want to make sure the medical needs of our residents are taken care of,” Bush said after the meeting.
He said he is leaning toward not seeking a fourth term this year.
“In February I will decide but I am looking at taking a break to spend more time with the family,” he said.
Now, for the paranormal activity.
Mike Culwell, a retired New Albany police officer, is involved in paranormal investigations. He said New Albany has a location that is drawing the interest of people all over the country. He was talking about the North Annex — also known as the Floyd County Asylum or Poor Home — along Grant Line Road.