Freeing Linhurst is a young adult novel set on the property Linhurst State School and Hospital. Based on Pennhurst State School and Hospital, some call this the “Pennhurst Book.” Linhurst is set in the quaint town of Spring Dale, inspired by Spring City, Pennsylvania. Just across the river from Royersford, PA, the story is about two high school teenagers who embark on a journey to discover what lies beyond the walls of the abandoned mental hospital/institution where former patients and residents were once locked away and now roam the streets.
With claims of ghosts and spirits haunting the premises, Jack Alexander can’t help but feel there is something more to the complete closure of the campus for so many decades now.
Freeing Linhurst is based on asylums like Pennhurst State School and Hospital and Byberry State Hospital, but not like some might think. While so many people interested in mental facilities and how deinstitutionalization left these places vacant but remaining–decaying and withering as a memory of how we once treated those with mental illnesses–this book captures the energy of these terrible places from the viewpoint of determined, brave and curious teenagers who carefully begin to challenge the adults in their town who put those people there.
The young adult book novel Freeing Linhurst was written and illustrated by Al Cassidy with the editing help of Rachel Elizabeth Miner and Tracy Seybold. All images copyright ©2017 Al Cassidy. All rights reserved.
Freeing Linhurst is a fictitious place and is not to be confused with the Lyndhurst Mansion in Lyndhurst, New Jersey (NJ), which also has hauntings and spirits. FreeingLyndhurst.com is also FreeingLinhurst.com