A Statement Regarding the "Pennhurst Haunted Asylum"

PMPA is completely opposed to the operation of a haunted attraction at Pennhurst that portrays people with disabilities in a demeaning and degrading fashion. Demonizing people with disabilities as a profit-making ‘entertainment’ is (and should be) offensive to everyone. We urge everyone who shares our disgust to speak out against the ‘haunted asylum’ and boycott this travesty.

Please consider signing the petition circulating against the Pennhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction.

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Jim Ward07/02/2017
Petition has been signed. I would love to see Pennhurst turned into a museum of sorts, but it doesn't need to be used as a haunted house. Too much history there that needs to be properly perserved.
Janet Carbone06/24/2017
As a retired employee of a state facility similar to PH. Trespassing and the potential for building fires as in the case of my facility does pose a community danger. That said, using those buildings an attraction where the residents' memory are used for is beyond reprehensible. Stop it!
James Kalesse 03/06/2017
Pennhurst should not be knocked down it should be turned into a particial museum for mayflower building and admininstration building and devon building 10 per person
Today my husband I went to do a photo tour that is on website at Penn Hurst. We followed other cars down the road. We were stopped by a man in a pickup. Told we were trespassing on private property . He followed Us out. While 10 cars went in.He called police. My husband is 51 I am 48.
Andreah donald 09/18/2016
If you truly believe pennhurst haunted asylum should be shut down then all haunts should be shut down seeing how most of haunted attractions demonize and portray the disabled in the way you are explaining not just pennhurst a petition is fine however do not become or biased in your belief
This place should be knocked down and sold to developers with proceeds going to fund brain research. That is the best way to make something good happen out of this inhumane place.
tammy Ebersole08/14/2016
Let there be ghost tours for cash
I think it is making money to maintain the grounds/property, then I'm not really opposed to it--plus, it allows folks to check out the place without having to trespass and break the law. Of course, they could just give regular tours--I'd go. But I'm sure they make more at Halloween time.
mick thomas04/17/2016
Agreed, should be open for tours day and night. Went yesterday around the grounds and some guy in a pickup truck made me leave, as if I was going to do damage to the poorly maintained buildings. He pretty much is allowing the place to rot. Assuming he is the owners son.
Exploitation is inevitable when informing people of the truth. Since when does sweeping it under the rug or locking it behind closed doors ever educate people of some of our nations worst crimes against humanity.
Alexander Taylor09/19/2015
Here's a newsflash The Haunt IS what is preserving Pennhurst. It is filled with people who legitimately care for the property. It has stopped the steady stream of trespassers. It brought the conversation out from the shadows. They've done more than any of you have.
A place that has so much history such as Pennhurst should be open to the public. I feel it would be a wonderful way to raise money. No actors portraying horrifying and disturbing displays. I am talking about a REAL GUIDED TOUR. Day and Night ones!
Many historical buildings in the u.s. do haunted attractions and ghost tours, it brings revenue for maintenance, restoration, and historical endeavors which dont alway generate enough money to sustain themselves. The association/owner need to come together and keep the building history alive
I'm 23 I have many friends who go to the attraction. I seriously question our friendship when they do. Every time I hear the radio ads it makes me sick. I'm considered mentally ill I've found the use of it as a haunted attraction offensive from day 1. I can't see how people don't understand that
2 Sides10/04/2013
I can see both sides of the story. I previously worked with former patients of Pennhurst and came to care for them very much. However, it seems a shame to allow the entire property to just rot away. The perfect solution would be for the PMPA owners of the new attraction to be able to work together

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