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Hell House

Howard County, Maryland

This facility was once home to a college for girls. The nuns, however, began dabbling in Satanism and one by one, the girls were murdered. Inside the building, chilling screams are heard. At the top of the large staircase, there is an enormous cold spot.

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Ally says:

September 17, 2005, 3:45 pm

Hell house was not a school for girls, it was a catholic school for boys entering priesthood. Please get your facts straight. Patapsco Female institute located near hell houe (St. Mary’s college in Ilchester MD) is the girls school you’re talking about located in Ellicott city. HellHouse is owned by Patapsaco State park and was never ever in any way shape or form a school for girls.

Dawn says:

September 22, 2005, 2:19 am

Hell house was a girls school I live right down the street from it me and my friends go there all the time and there iare no ghost and nothing scary . the patapsco girl institute is very haunted its located on church road . It is haunted by a ghost named Annie and one night me and my friends went up there and turned the car off and called here name and someone screamed we turned on the car and left we are to freaked out to go back.

Rich says:

September 29, 2005, 9:04 pm

Legends (urban and otherwise) are fun and and even creepy, but most often they have little basis in reality. “Hell House’ aka St. Mary’s College in Ilchester Maryland (about 1/2 mile from my house), was, in fact, a seminary for boys run by a Catholic sect known as the Redemptorists. The seminary closed in the 1970′s due to dwindling enrollment, but not because of death, disease, satanic cults or other wild legends. There have been a couple of fires (likely vandalism) that have left the main buildings in ruins. From what I understand, the spookiest thing about the place (other than it’s seemingly remote location) is the caretaker who apparently had a knack for nasty encounters with trespassers. Don’t know if he’s still there, but I drive past the place everyday on my way home from work. It does look kind of lonely and spooky sitting up on that hill overlooking the old Simkins Industries factory which also burned down a couple of years ago. It’s hard to see through all the trees in the summertime, but come Fall the remnants of the main building can be clearly seen from River Road. But, alas, the stories about former pupils and residence dying from horrid living conditions or at the hands of whacked-out nuns are just that…stories.

Nikki says:

September 30, 2005, 12:40 pm

I was one of those “trespassers” one night. You ain’t lying. That care taker is crazy, and creepy! I was taken there against my will, I knew about him, and didn’t want to piss him off, but my boyfriend, and the kids in the car behind us wanted to see what the big deal was about this house. Well, this guy don’t take kindly to people who are trespassing on that property. He happened to be coming home in his flatbed pickup truck the same time we were parking. He blocked me and my friends in so we couldn’t get out!. As some of you may’ve seen, there are containers that sit just before the property line, and he blocked us in a little behind those containers. The car that was behind us was able to back up just enough to let the car I was in, out. Somehow, I still don’t know who did it, someone picked up a brick and threw it at this mans windshield. I don’t know if it caused any damage, but I imagine it did. Later that night when we all got back to my boyfriends house, he checked the messages on his answering machine. There was a message that said “Hey Hoss, I’m comin’ to see ya” and hung up. It was at the same time we happened to encounter this man. I don’t know how he got his number, but we’re sure as **** it was him. I can still remember his voice. We never heard from him again, but this is a true story! Not made up by any means.

Dan says:

October 2, 2005, 8:59 pm

Like Rich said, Hell house is a peaceful quite place. My friends and I have actually climbed up the building but I don’t suggest it because its really dangerous. I’ve never seen the caretaker, and I’ve been up there 10 times so far. Hell house is usually crowded with families during the day, and up to no good teenagers at night. I really hate how at night, teenagers and drunks go up there to drink, smoke weed, and vandalize the property. Hell house is littered with broken glass, beer cans, and graffiti. I wish fewer people knew about it, and I wish it was farther back in the woods. The beauty of the place is remarkable. Its like an adventure book when your a little kid…enchanted kingdoms appearing out of nowhere from the evergreen forest. As you climb higher onto the hill, you will reach the chapel. Again, sadly, it has graffiti all over it…but its magnificence is still if it lingers still in brilliance as the forest swallows it whole. Everytime I visit Hell House, I take whatever trash I can find with me so I can at least try to restore its beauty. I pray you do the same.

Jake says:

October 4, 2005, 8:27 pm

Dan, Nikki, Rich, Dawn, and Ally,
I’ve some strange stoires about that place myself, but the caretaker thing is real. I saw that same pick-up truck driving around with a broken window. It was true the place was not a “girls only” school and there was no evil nuns. But the satanism thing is true there are colts all over that place it’s a shame to see so many teens getting drunk and having sex. That may sound weird, but I was one of those kids. I still to this day wish that I never of brought my girlfriend to that place……. To many bad memories. If any of you guys think Im lie’in that e-mail me at
Thanks for your time

rachael says:

October 6, 2005, 12:32 am

i know for a fact that hell house was a girls school because my friend went their i dont belive any of the rumors i just belive it stopped doing business. yes it has very creepy surroundings but if you look past that it can be a great adventure.i do know that a man murderd some girls but i belive that happend after they shut down.

dan 134 says:

October 6, 2005, 7:25 am

i seen that creepy caretaker and his beatup truck at a gas station. i heard from the stories, he was a creepy guy and an ******* at that so i starred at him on purpose. he didnt like it. i snickered at him and got in my car. about a 1/4 mile down the road, i met up with him at a stoplight and i was like oh ****.

Ally says:

October 8, 2005, 4:33 pm

for the last time hell house is not a girls school. It was a school for catholic boys who wanted to become priests. I know I live near it too. If you don’t believe me google (hell house St. mary’s college) And to anyone who said their friends or whoever went there your lying. it closed down in 1972. And was recently sold to Patapsaco State Park.

andy says:

October 8, 2005, 5:46 pm

I saw a ghost there last night on 10/7/2005 it looked like a littlekid holding a teddy bear she was just staring at me. soon after that a ghost of a dog apeared and it ran over to me and started licking my toes I was so scared I ran so fast I fell down the hill and got knocked out as soon as I woke up the creepy care taker was standing above me with a chain saw about to cut me in half once again I jumped up ran back up the hill and the “dog” as there he started to bark at the care taker and the care taker backed of turned off the chain saw . ever since that day I have gone up all the time to see the ghost dog that saved my life every time I go up there me and the ghost are best friends and he licks my toes at will all the time

Missy says:

October 11, 2005, 2:25 am

Okay Andy, your story sounds like BS. Because 1. The caretaker is dead and 2. You said you were up there a lot of time and you posted on 10/7 and it’s only 10/11. For one you sound like you’re in highschool, when do you have time to go to hell house?

Anyway heres the only website I’ve found that seems to have info that’s backed up by different sources.

Hilaria says:

October 11, 2005, 12:33 pm

you guys can fight for whats right all i know is that is sacry and if you have any thing to say e-mail me

love always
Hilaria Alonzo

tracy says:

October 11, 2005, 8:24 pm

I can tell you from first hand that the caretaker is mean as anything. The stories of the dogs is very true. I use to go up there all the time when I lived in the area it was a place that me and a couple of friends went to every weekend trying to get inside to see how much was true. I haven’t been there for years. I have been away from the area for 10 years. A friend of mine was talking about it at work and she is the one that told me about the fire. Is any of it still standing or did they complete tear it down. I was just wondering because I would love to go there again.

Nikki...again says:

October 11, 2005, 9:06 pm

From what I’ve seen on the internet and recent pictures of the place it looks like a bunch of brick walls. The stair cases are still there on either side of the school, but I don’t think there’s any steps actually in the casing. You can google search for pics of this place, and you might run across some peoples websites who have went up there after the fire and took pics, and posted them.
Also, how long ago did this care taker die? Cuz he was sure alive and thriving when I was going up there back in 2001-2002. And because a couple of you said that you’ve seen him around. Haha, I can see it now. Now, there’s going to be a big urbend myth started that HE now haunts hell house. Wouldn’t that just be peachy? =) Happy Halloween folks :)

tracy says:

October 12, 2005, 1:09 am

I haven’t been able to find anything after 2003, one posting said that they were suppose to finish demolishing the buildings, but if they are still privatley owned how could they. It is such a shame if it was vandilism that burnt the place down. But like the newspapers say that can’t say for sure how it started. Also just like w/ the 5 women that were killed, part of the story was not available to read. People don’t want to beleive things they can’t explain. Also I was thinking if they bought it on the intent to have it re open for the church, then maybe they should have give tours or something to get the money for that person to write for the grants. That is one of the reasons that I think most of the stories are true. When I use to go down there it was weird how you would make a loop around the ellicotte city and then come around again and then all of a sudden you had cars following you that come out of nowhere. if anyone finds anything new out please email me at Thank you

Brian says:

October 15, 2005, 1:20 am

I was just there tonight. I have heard about it for years but had never visited. Some friends of mine called me tonight and wanted to go out and get “spooked”. We decided to go to Ellicott City, first we went to The Patapsco girls college (Creepy College) said to be haunted by a girl named “annie”. We scaled the fence and looked around but it was very bright out due to the big moon, so it wasn’t at all spooky. Nothing was there, no cold spots or anything. When we were leaving we came across some teenagers that were there for the same reason and they told us exactly where Hell House was. We trotted back to the truck and went to Hell House. We parked under the train bridge and walked up the path to the tracks and looked around a bit. You could barely see the buildings through the tree’s (we were there around 10:30 pm) and we never did find the stairs to go up to the buildings, nore did we encounter any caretakers, dogs, ghosts or anything. I not saying that they aren’t there but we didn’t see anything. We plan to go back in the daytime so we can find out how to get up to the buildings and then go back again at night. Since we didn’t find anything overly “spooky” we left and went to Fort Armstead on the way home. There we got “spooked!!”

again tracy said says:

October 15, 2005, 1:49 am

The care takecare is gone I think he died. From what I have been told he hasn’t been there since that last fire the burned most of the building down hollween night in “98″. If you parked under the rail road track the stairs are right there. When I use to go there, there had usually been a couple of 18 weelers trailers parked there. Depending on where u parked the car or truck you would have kept walking away from that littl factory there. But like I had said I haven’t been able to go out there since before the fire since I had my son and that is not somewhere that I would ever take him. SInce most of the main building is burned there is nowhere for the care taker to stay at. And the dogs had free run of the place so before it burned if you would have made it in you would have been attacked by them. If u have any ? you can email me at that is also my aim screen name. I am making a trip down next week

J says:

November 7, 2005, 11:03 am

I was there yesterday. I walked up the old road off of Bonnie Branch. I saw no one and nothing up there except a beautifully creepy old catholic school. It is barely holding on, it looks as if it may fall at any second. The stairs leading up are still there, just to the left of the tracks as you’re looking away from the bridge.
After I finished there I felt like I was reenacting the trestle scene from Stand By Me by crossing the railroad bridge.
No ghosts but it was still nice to walk around up there and see it all.

Lauren says:

November 10, 2005, 12:39 pm

Why do they call it hell house??

again tracy says:

November 11, 2005, 7:58 pm

They called it Hell House because before the last fire the destoried it. The old caretaker at dogs that were mean as heck. And there was alot of unexplained things that were going on up there and w/ all the catcacomes there people thought that there was santic worshipers that stayed there. I was just there Nov 6, and alot of things are over grown and there are some tunnels that I wanted to explore but it was just me and another girl that went and we felt that if we went into the tunnels and if anything fell to block the enterance that we would be strong enough to move it. We didn’t get to finish looking around cuz like I said it was just the 2 of us. We are going to be going back up again. I’m not sure if there are ghost but there is something very strange feeling. It was really weird cuz when we were there I know for a fact that there is a pool and a changing room but for the life of me I couldn’t find where it was. If you want to know anything else my email add is in the other one that I worte and I would be happy to answer any of the questions that you may have.

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