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Haunts and Legends - Utica Asylum
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Inside Utica’s Lunatic Asylum ~ The Haunts And Legends Of New York

Looming over West Utica since 1843, the Utica State Lunatic Asylum was once on the forefront of the progressive care of the mentally ill as New York's first center for their care. Closed now for decades, the main building of the Utica Psychatric Center, known as Old Main, has captivated those who live in its shadow and hear stories of its Haunts and Legends.

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Old Main Psych Center Front Steps
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Old Main at Utica Psychatric Center to Open Again for Public Tours

Following a wildly popular one-night-only tour of Old Main on the campus of the Utica Psychiatric Center in the summer of 2014, the New York Office of Mental Health is setting several tour dates for spring and summer 2015.

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Edgar Allan Poe portrait
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Edgar Allen Poe Nearly Became Resident of Utica’s Mental Hospital in 1846

Famed horror and mystery author Edgar Allen Poe was nearly committed to the Utica Psychiatric Hospital during a bout of depression in the 1840s.

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Tour of the Old Main Psych Center
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A Tour Inside Utica’s Old Main Psychiatric Center Hospital [VIDEO, PHOTOS]

The Old Main Psychiatric Center Hospital opened its doors to a public tour on Monday, August 25th at 5PM offering a crowd of more than 4 thousand an exclusive glimpse inside the historic iconic Utica landmark.

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Utica Old Main Psychiatric Center
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The Haunted History Of Utica’s Old Main Psychiatric Center [VIDEO]

As the building referred to as ‘Old Main’ is being opened to the public for a limited time this Monday, it is interesting to take a look back at this historic building, and pay attention to the events, and hauntings, that took place there.

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Old Main, Utica Psych Center
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Creepy Photo From Inside Old Main at the Utica Psychiatric Center

Old Main at the Utica Psychiatric Center has been a local topic of conversation once the news was released that the building would open on August 25, 2014 for a public tour. A photo from inside Old Main has also garnered national attention online.

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Exterior Tour of Old Main at the Utica Psychiatric Center [VIDEO]

The Central New York community gets an exceptionally rare opportunity on August 25, 2014 as Old Main, the large building on the Utica Psychiatric Center complex opens to the public for a tour.

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Old Main, Utica Psych Center
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Utica’s Old Main Opens for Rare Public Tour August 25 with Landmarks Society of Greater Utica

There are few buildings more iconic and more forbidden in Utica than Old Main, the gated-off main building of the Utica Psychiatric Center. And for one exceptionally rare evening, the building opened to the public.

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