Today we took the kids to The Ridges . I am completely obsessed with this place. The architecture is nothing short of amazing, and the whole entire grounds are just beautiful. I'm not certain how many buildings are actually there, but I know it's at least 20 or 30. They have an old cemetery and walking trail too, which I didn't take the kids too. Around back there's a little children's garden. The history of this place is incredible.
A bit from wiki: The Athens Lunatic Asylum was a mental hospital operational in Athens, Ohio from 1874 until 1993. During its operation, the hospital provided services to a variety of patients including Civil War veterans, children, and violent criminals suffering from various mental disabilities. It is best known as a site of hundreds of the infamous lobotomy procedure, as well as various supposed paranormal sightings.
After the hospital's original structure closed, the state of Ohio acquired the property and renamed the complex and its surrounding grounds "The Ridges".
The original hospital was in operation from 1874 to 1993. Although not a self-sustaining facility, for many years the hospital had livestock, farm fields and gardens, an orchard, greenhouses, a dairy, a physical plant to generate steam heat, and even a carriage shop in the early years.
Now OU owns it. The museum portion is highly protected by security alarms and cameras, but I'm not certain about the remaining buildings. I would pay alot of money to go exploring throughout all of them! It's just incredible.
The kids were pretty fascinated as well.