Sunset Haven in Carbondale, Illinois

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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!

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Another landmark is destroyed as bulldozers level one of the few remaining almshouses in Illinois Carbondale, Illinois (mysteriousheartland.com) — 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 […]

Spotlight: Sunset Haven

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The Jackson County Poor Farm became known as Sunset Haven during the 1940s when it was converted into a nursing home. The nursing home closed in 1957 and Southern Illinois University purchased the property to expand its agricultural program. During the 1970s, the university made an effort to locate all the unmarked graves of the […]

“Persona Non Grata” at Sunset Haven

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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

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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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