“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Central State Hospital

Central State Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
1. Central State Hospital Marker
Inscription.  Established in 1869 in temporary quarters at Howard's Grove near Richmond. In 1870 it came under control of the State. In 1885 it was moved to the present location, the site of "Mayfield Plantation", which was purchased and donated to the State by the City of Petersburg. The first hospital in America exclusively for the treatment of mental disease in the Negro.
Erected 1935 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number I-6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1869.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 12.949′ N, 77° 27.015′ W. Marker was near Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker was at the intersection of West Washington Street (U.S. 1) and 7th Avenue, on the right when traveling east on West Washington Street
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. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Central State Hospital (here, next to this marker); Mayfield (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edge Hill (approx. ¼ mile away); Southside Virginia Training Center (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Fort Whitworth (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Battle of Fort Whitworth (approx. 0.9 miles away); Central State Hospital Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Mattoax (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. New Marker At This Location also titled "Central State Hospital".
West Washington Street (facing west) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
2. West Washington Street (facing west)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,274 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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Dec. 7, 2023