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Virginia’s 5 Spookiest Old Asylums Still Standing Today

The history of mental illness is fascinating to say the least. Like many conditions, our understanding and knowledge of mental illness has come a far way from the treatments and perceptions of the past. Up until the end of  the 20th century, treatment of the mentally ill in Virginia, and around the world, ranged from severe cruelty and deplorable conditions, to misguided, but well-intended practices. The following 5 facilities, including the first ever mental hospital in the United States, show the variance of care and conditions provided to those with mental afflictions. All but one has been abandoned, but the eerie ghosts of times past clearly remain.

I think there is one thing that we can all agree on, and that is that we’ve come a long way in both understanding and care at mental health facilities. It’s hard to imagine a time when things were so primitive. What do you know about these places? Tell us in the comments below?

Anna Strock
Virginia staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance writer and journalist. Even though Anna has lived other places, somehow Virginia is where she always seems to land.