Sunset Haven in Carbondale, Illinois


Up until around the mid-1950s, people who could not take care of themselves; orphans, the elderly and infirm, epileptics, and alcoholics, often found themselves on a county farm known as a “poor farm.” A superintendent and his family would look after the residents while the residents earned their keep by farming the land, if they […]

Sunset Haven Demolished!


Another landmark is destroyed as bulldozers level one of the few remaining almshouses in Illinois Carbondale, Illinois ( — Between October 25-27th, a crew from Southern Illinois University dismantled one of the few remaining almshouses in Illinois. Known as Sunset Haven, “Building 207,” Vivarium Annex, or just the “old asylum,” this rectangular red-brick building has attracted […]

“Persona Non Grata” at Sunset Haven


From History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline. One of the creepiest and mysterious buildings in Carbondale is the Vivarium Annex, also known at Building 207 located at Sunset Haven. Many people have mistakenly called it an Insane Asylum. Originally, it was the Jackson County Poor Farm. It became a home for […]


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