The building was originally a boys school but was later converted to a sanatorium where many experimental treatments were used that resulted in fatalities. The building is claimed to be heavily haunted thus the reason for the ghost hunts and tours. The background of St Albans is here.
Here is an interesting documentation of paranormal activity at St Albans;
After leaving Radford we drove to Roanoke to have a look around. I want to come back down here in the spring when their transport museum is open as there's supposed to be some great old trains in here but today we were just exploring.
Of course the trip wouldn't be complete without a beer and this was achieved at the Chaps Tavern, a small bar near the railroad tracks.
It was a long drive back in the dark and we broke up the journey with stops to stock up on munchies and a snow globe for Margie's expansive collection. We'd been driving for well over 10 hours over the day but the trip was worth it, a fun day of ghost stories and history told by some fabulously friendly and unique people.