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About The Ridges
Opening its doors, the Athens Lunatic Asylum welcomed its first patient in 1874. This state-of-the-art mental hospital was based on the design of renowned architect Thomas Kirkbride and embraced the current societal trends toward institutionalizing the insane. The hospital began as a type of long- term care for those not easily accepted or able to function in society. The typical meaning of “asylum” at the time was a safe haven with little likelihood of departure.

Mental Asylums


Written in 1887. Reporter goes undercover and fakes being insane. Story here

The Ridges

Stockton State Mental Asylum

Of Interest

Asylum Wallpaper