The Story Behind This Former Hospital In Virginia Is Utterly Terrifying
Although the Pest House Medical Museum was once technically a hospital, most who checked in were simply quarantined for the inevitable outcome. It was the grim reality of those suffering from contagious illnesses who lived in Lynchburg in the 1800s. Learn more about the tragic history behind this historic landmark.
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While the Pest House was a site of tragedies, it is because of the help of Dr. John J. Terrell that patients were ultimately treated with the best help available. Today, this site in Lynchburg is a fascinating place to learn about the medical practices of the the 19th century.
A lifelong Virginia resident, Beth loves exploring different parts of the world and currently resides in Alexandria. She holds a degree in English Literature and one of her short stories has been featured in the Shenandoah Review. Other interests include hiking, songwriting, and spending time in the mountains.
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