Built: 1910
Abandoned: 2001
Location: US
Still Abandoned but on the block to be Demolished
Reason: Financial Issues / Some Students claim abuse
Haunted: Maybe


This JV School located in Pennsylvania was established in Philadelphia but this particler campus was not built until 1910. This campus is 300 acres and has many buildings including a chapel. It operated with the another JV school up the road but then seperated from it in 1931. The school started as an all girls school”. The school’s purpose was to house young children and teens under the age of 18 who commited a crime or act against the law. Most students who attended this school were sentence here by court order. It stayed an all Girls School up till about 1975 when it became Coed. By the 80s, 55% of the schools attendance were Male. In 1998, the school made an annoucement that it was for sale and was going to close. In 2001 the school closed it doors and left everything behind. Most students were sent to a nearby school. The reason for this closure is unknown but rumor has it that it was financial issues. It is said the campus was bought for 11 million in Nov 2012 and rumor has it that it going to be demolished. Info from wikipedia.


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35 thoughts on “Abandoned JV School

  1. Hi Steve I have watched your flicks. I cannot believe how this school looks now! I was a student here back in 1999 six months. I wish I could tell my story. Watching your flicks brought back memories from the pool we use to be there when it was hot, the chapel I would go their for church at night and Campbell cottage use to be where I stayed at! Amazing history Steve I remember a lot about Sleighton Farms. I learned how to do tailoring there and there was a hair school. This school had a lot of trades for us back then. The food wasn’t so great! Its sad how they just left this school. I have nothing bad to say, but it changed my life to be a better person that I am today. Ever since I have left there in 1999, I have not been in any trouble.

    1. Thanks for commenting. That is great you found the video. I have heard from quite a few past students and it been mixed reviews on the school

      1. Hi Steve do you still tour there? Can people tour there? I would love to go back for a tour.

        1. i have not been there in over a year. They do not offer tours here. They have started handing out bigger fines now after a fire on the property this past summer. Stupid vandals.

    2. I would love to hear your story. I was there from 91-92. Logan, and campbell cottage.

  2. I am now almost 89 years old but when I was a college student at U of Massachusetts I worked there the summers of 1944 and 1945. I taught sewing to the girls,. I loved it! I had good hours, great food and great staff to work with. I had every other weekend off and with a fellow staff member we hopped the train to Philadelphia for a day of sightseeing, shopping and fun. On one of my first weekends at Sleighton Farms we took some girls for a walk. Two staff members were in front and I was one of two in the back. A resident, said to me, ” Two years ago my brother died”. I said I was sorry and then asked what he died from. She replied, ‘He was electrocuted”. I was promptly told you never ask the girls personal questions. There was a ” plain girl” there, Mennonite, and she just loved it, sent there because she kept running away. She loved it! She had never had so much freedom.
    I have many fond memories of my summers there. It is sad to see current pictures of what was such a beautiful, peaceful and vital place.

    1. My question is to Mary Magill: when you spoke about the electrocution, were you meaning that occurred on the grounds of the school?

    2. Hi Mary, My Mother was there in 1940 - and not sure when she got there or left. I was wondering if you know or if you can - tell me were I can get some records of my Mother’s stay there - I believe her sister Mary was there too………. You can answer me @ [email protected] I really need to know more about my family - My cousin’s son Harry Dexter was there - and I was told he got killed by a snow plow going down the road.. So there was my Mother , her sister, my two cousins. Thanks you !

      1. Hello, I have no info on how to get records. I just explored the place and learned about the history as I looked the place up. Thanks for sharing you story and hopefully you can get some help on getting those records.

  3. Hi Steve,
    I’m looking for info on who owns the property/ contact. Looking to save the buildings. Thank you

    1. What brilliant hobby Steve! I have been looking for an old or historic house to buy for the last year or so. Situated as I am in Zimbabwe, it would be difficult for me to find out about these buildings. I’m referring to the abandoned school & church. Please let me know if there is an address I can write to, as these buildings are relalatively new & it wouldn’t take that much to renovate them & make use of them. For residential purposes & historical interest. They mustn’t be demolished, surely? Barbara Connelly

  4. Hello.
    I was a student at this school from 1991-92. I stayed in Logan Cottage and was later transfered to Campbell cottage. I was moved around due to my behavior. I fought a lot. And defied staff every chance I got. I learned a trade there. I learned how to cut hair. I valuable trade that helps me til this day. I have a great deal of memories at this place. I don’t have anything bad to say about sleighton. This place changed my life for the better. I left with my GED and attended Temple University. Now, I’m a husband and father. Been married for 11 years and I have four teenage children. I’m a personal trainer now and I love my life. This place set me on the right track. Probably Saved my life.

    1. My Father was a counselor there he worked in both cottages. He was there 23yrs. I am sure he would be happy to know that the school help in some way. I know that was always so important to him

    2. hey joe when you was there what was the names of other cottages im trying to remember some of the things there at the school

      1. My name is James Grant I was up Sleighton farms from 1987 til 1993 there was Dubious Campbell Logan Robinson waston LMS I have a group page called friends of Sleighton farms anyone who wants to join please do so they have reunions since 2002 at the lakes down south Philly so please feel free to reach out I have kept in touch with many of the employees that you to work there from 87 until it shut down my e mail is grant Jay @ gmail. com

  5. My husband and i just walked thru Sleighton Farms. Is it haunted? It was a very intersting walk. I love the history.

    1. how was it. I drove past it the other day and noticed they did a lot of boarding up and put a gate at the main entrance

      1. Hello this is James Grant we were there at the same time in the same cottage I have a group page called friends of Sleighton farms please look for it you can get touch with me there

  6. my sister was a student at Sleighton in 1952. I was 9 yrs. old and some family and I visited her at the school. I remember the treelined street, we parked along there during the visit. there’s some pictures i still have of the visit. I’d like to know where to find a list of the students in 1952, to find her name and which cottage she was in. anyone know? thanks and I hope the place gets restored as a truly historical site that it is.

    1. Madeline, I was there in 1952. I was in Campbell cottage. I was trained to be a dental assistant. They couldn’t find a foster home for me at that time, so I was put there.

  7. Steve, I am writing an article on the reform of “delinquent” girls for our local newspaper (Williamsport Sun Gazette). May I use photographs from your wonderful collection? Mary Sieminski

  8. I was a student here in 1975 graduating in June. There were no boys there yet, but we held dances with Glen Mills down the road. It was not yet coed. I lived in Washington cottage and in MU cottage and was here for 8 months. I believe in my heart that this school saved my life. Many of the students and the teachers were dear to me and will remain in my heart for the rest of my life. I”m 58 today. LOL. I would not be if it were not for my time here that sorted me out and turned me into someone who cared about life. Thanks for showing us the school today.

  9. Living in Glen Mills for over 20 years, I have recently become intrigued with the Old Sleighton Farm School. I’ve watched some of Steves Videos, and recently decided to take a closer look at the grounds. Unfortunately, while I was there, I was greeted by two PA State Troopers, and in addition to giving me a hard time, they also cited me with Criminal Trespassing, and a fine of $375.00. I’m going to fight it court (or at least try to plead it down) I’ll keep you posted as to how it turns out. In the meantime, just know that the grounds are frequently patrolled and there is nothing in there worth getting in trouble over.

  10. Back in the ’60s and ’70s, at least, my mother’s women’s club, the Saturday Club of Wayne, used to help support the school through benefit bridges and collections of items for the girls. I know my mom was pretty impressed by what they did. Does anyone know why they just abandoned so much stuff where it was instead if really moving out and emptying the place?

  11. Hello. We found this through your website. We drove past it and we would like to visit the place. How would we be able to get a tour.

    1. They do not do tours here. It is a go at your own risk as it is private property.

  12. My name is James Grant I was up Sleighton farms from 1987 til 1993 I have a group page called friends of Sleighton farms anyone who has been there are asked to please join so that we can put together a reunion

  13. I worked at sleighton as security, auto shop teacher, driver, nta in the school house as crisis counselor, I’m Mr Lowery if you where there between 1985 and 1995 you know me sleightons down fall started with a hostel takeover to remove miss levister from the position after she left it was all down hill from there, nice place to work it shouldn’t have ended this way, but they smile in your face all the time they want to take your place.

    1. My name is Tracey Partlow went to sleington school in the 80s andcwas in Lincoln cottage I’m trying too get records of my diploma can you help or who can help

  14. Hello all, my name is Anni Sherman and I am Martha Platt Falconer’s great grandaughter. My mom is named after her and my grandmother worked there in the summers. I am soooo interested to know the farm is still in existance, I had no idea! I am a teacher and I would love to get that school started again.

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