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Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Eastern State Hospital

 
 
Eastern State Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 10, 2012
1. Eastern State Hospital Marker
Inscription. Eastern State Hospital is the oldest psychiatric hospital in the United States. It was established on 12 Oct. 1773, when Virginia was still a British colony, with the mission of treating and discharging the curable mentally ill. In 1841, under the leadership of John Minson Galt, the hospital initiated new reforms characterized as “moral management,” a self-directed form of rehabilitation that changed the social perception and treatment of mental illness in America. Beginning in 1935 and ending on 28 Jan. 1970, the entire institution gradually moved to Dunbar Farm.
 
Erected 2010 by Division of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W 40-b.)
 
Location. 37° 17.323′ N, 76° 44.074′ W. Marker is in Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is at the intersection of Galt Drive (Virginia Route 322) and Foster Road, on the right when traveling west on Galt Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23188, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Eastern State Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington–Rochambeau Route (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Balloon Flight in Virginia
Galt Dr (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 10, 2012
2. Galt Dr (facing west)
(approx. 1.6 miles away); College Camp (approx. 1.8 miles away); Alumni of the College of William and Mary (approx. 1.9 miles away); Priorities of the College of William and Mary (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Christopher Wren Building (approx. 1.9 miles away); In Gallia Nati Mortui in Virginia (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
Categories. Colonial EraScience & Medicine
 
Galt Dr (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 10, 2012
3. Galt Dr (facing east)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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