As we neared Verona on the West Essex Trail this last Sunday, an ominious sound was heard in the distance. A muffled thumping, it got louder and louder as we went, until we realized it was the Verona High School Marching Band rehearsing.
But I digress. And so did we, up a side trail to the grounds of the former Overbrook Asylum, a mental hospital closed several decades ago.
It’s a prime example of the Beautiful Decay school of photojournalism, and who am I to say “no” when presented with something like this?
Weird NJ has a long article on this outpost of a vanished mental health regime.
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