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 […]

“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 […]

Top 10 Creepiest Abandoned Places in Illinois


At Mysterious Heartland, we spend a lot of time crawling around the ruins of some of Illinois most notorious and spooky abandoned hospitals, mansions, and schools. But what are the scariest abandoned places in Illinois? After much debate, we are happy to bring you the Top 10 Creepiest Abandoned Places in Illinois! Editors note: after receiving […]


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