1. revec2015
    June 20, 2015 @ 12:00 pm

    Thanks for this very interesting article and so many photos. I was so surprised to learn that there is still a working hospital there. I was happy to see the photo of the 2 kneelers in front of a window; it’s good that in the 19th century they acknowledged that prayer could help in healing. Thanks a lot, Chris, for expanding our knowledge of our history.


  2. Dennis Allen
    June 20, 2015 @ 2:36 pm

    Really enjoyed reading this enlightening article Chris. The word ‘asylum’ has been revived in my mind as one to suggest healing, caring and respite thanks to you. Great pictures!


  3. darlene hughes riley
    September 20, 2016 @ 11:04 pm

    This is a somewhat over glorified view of an institution that delivered lobotomies, electric shock treatments and sexual abuse to countless of innocent disturbed patients. I was there and know first hand. This was asylum to none.


    • Deborah
      September 27, 2016 @ 2:23 am

      Darlene hughs, I was there myself and it’s nothing like a picture of roses,I was there when I was 9 years old and stayed there in that place for almost two years. While their I was mistreated all the time, and was the only black and the youngest. That was in the early 70’s


    • Kathleen
      September 8, 2019 @ 12:30 pm

      My grandmother was there. My daughter is researching now at University . All my grandmother’s records were destroyed. Can you share more with me? Can you contact me:


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  6. Kathleen V. Kehoe
    October 17, 2019 @ 7:22 pm

    My Great Aunt Grace Earnshaw Hall died in that hospital in 1940. Her husband committed her there for many years before she eventually died. No one in our family seemed to know what it was that caused her to be incarcerated there. Is there any way to get her records. She was born in 1880. Bless you Aunt Grace.


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