Traverse City State Hospital “Twilight Tours”

After all these years, the old Traverse City asylum finally have historical, “Twilight Tours.” The description on their website reads: “For those seeking an otherworldly experience, the evening skyline of building 50 is magical and unique. The tour begins on the front lawn with a formal toast to honor history’s advocates for moral treatment. Then, on to observe the fascinating shadow play, and listen for the creeks and groans of the asylum “cottages” settling at night.”

The tours are not  “ghost tours,” but this is totally catering to paranormal enthusiasts and especially people who love the haunted tales told about the old hospital. Call it “shadow play” or “creaks and groans,” but fans of the spooky will LOVE this tour, even if ghost stories are not the focus. The real history of asylums are troubling enough and the Traverse City State Hospital goes all the way back to 1885.

This photo was taken in 2010.  

©Michigan’s Otherside/Tom Maat

The hospital closed in 1989 and while the buildings decayed, people always hoped for some type of historical tours, but there were too many hazards. Rotting floors, lead paint, asbestos…no one wants to catch cancer on a ghost tour. But now that the Minervini Group has been extensively renovating the entire campus for over 17 years, it’s not such a death trap anymore. Although, the tour page does warn that it is an “active construction site” and there are a few safety suggestions to follow.

The tour focuses on the fascinating history of the hospital with stories about patients, including “eyebrow-raising accounts”, as well as, “a miraculous true-life story that we share,” according to MLive. Plus, tour participants get to see parts of the buildings not normally open to the public, such as the underground steam tunnels. How awesome is that?

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Photo taken in 2010. 

©Michigan’s Otherside/Tom Maat