The New Jersey Home for the Education and Care of Feeble-minded Children established in 1888 and was the 3rd facility in the US to be built of its kind.
The west campus located on Almond Road in Vineland, NJ was closed in 1996 and all residents were moved to the east campus located on East Landis Avenue.
*Fun Fact* The first care facility for the mentally disabled in the US was the Walter E. Fernald State School, established in 1848.
For more information about the history of The Vineland Training School visit this following website.... http://www.disabilitymuseum.org/dhm/lib/detail.html?id=1748&page=5
Unforgettably the nice security guide told us we were not allow inside any of the buildings. She did look the other way when we drove around the campus taking our photos. At least there is good security so no one vandalizes the buildings.
On site cemetery for the women and children to passed away while living at this facility. On a slightly disturbing note... There is currently a preschool located right next to the area. The children play on the playground right at the end of this long dirt road in the photo.
Some of the graves have caved in. This one seems to have formed the shape of a heart.
The care takers house. Also abandon as of 1996.
This place must have been so pretty back in the time of operation.
This lone tree is found right inside the gates when you enter the property.
I am Lizabeth Carl, photographer and owner of Lizabeth Carl Photography. I am 30 years old and have lived in South Jersey my whole life. I was also probably born in the wrong generation because I am hippie at heart.