“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
East Vincent Township near Spring City in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Pennhurst State School & Hospital

Pennhurst State School & Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Guest, 2010
1. Pennhurst State School & Hospital Marker
Inscription.  Between 1908 and 1987, more than 10,500 Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities lived here. Public controversy over the inhumane treatment of residents and two decades of complex litigation, including three arguments before the US Supreme Court, led to the institution’s closure. Ground-breaking advocacy and new public policy, including transition to community-based living, made Pennhurst a milestone in the disabilities civil rights movement.
Erected 2010 by Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil RightsEducationScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
Location. 40° 11.206′ N, 75° 34.33′ W. Marker is near Spring City, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. It is in East Vincent Township. Marker is on Schuylkill Road (State Highway 724). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3301 Schuylkill Rd, Spring City PA 19475, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canal Construction (approx. 3.4 miles away); Schuylkill Navigation Company (approx. 3½ miles away); Life on the Canal (approx. 3½ miles away); Towpath Park Historical Trail (approx. 3.6 miles away); Graceanna Lewis (approx. 3.9 miles away); 1871 Phoenix Column Bridge (approx. 4.6 miles away); Foundry Building (approx. 4.6 miles away); Symbols of Steel Sculpture Garden (approx. 4.6 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker's location off of the Spring Hollow Golf Course was historically part of the Pennhurst campus.
Also see . . .  Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance. More about the school and hospital. "Through preservation and adaptive re-use of the historic Pennhurst campus, the Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance seeks to ensure that those achievements won at Pennhurst are neither lost nor forgotten." (Submitted on June 30, 2010.) 
Pennhurst State School & Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Conroy, 2010
2. Pennhurst State School & Hospital Marker
Pennhurst State School & Hospital image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Heath Hofmeister and Marc Reed
3. Pennhurst State School & Hospital
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,972 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 23, 2010. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 3, 2023