As previously mentioned, Forest Haven was a school and residential facility. The grounds are expansive spreads of decay. Wandering through the buildings, one finds a recreation center and a prison, the latter of which was quite a surprise. As luck would have it, I wore thick soled shoes while exploring the prison which lay carpeted in uncovered sharps and medical supplies in a large section. Time will tell what becomes of these buildings, as time and vandalism take their toll.
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Forest Haven was a developmental center and mental institution for children located in Maryland. It was closed by court order in 1991 due to patient/resident abuse and have been numerous lawsuits related to the care received here, as well as medical testing. Having had run of the grounds, one can only imagine the quality of life for the children housed here. Some were troubled by circumstances, others were here because of drug or drink addled parents. Over the years, one can only imagine what happened on site as overcrowding and abuse took hold. The residential halls hold to the past, where music was most likely the only outlet for these children. The grounds themselves are reminiscent of children playing, with basketball hoops ready to catch and go on an Easter egg hunt.