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Western Lunatic Asylum (Va.)



  • Usage: 1828 - 1894
  • Usage: 1894-c.1970s

Historical Note

Originally called the Western State Lunatic Asylum, the Western Lunatic Asylum was a hospital for the mentally ill in Staunton, Virginia, opening in 1828. In its early years, the institution was a resort-style asylum, directed under Dr. Francis T. Stribling. In 1894, the institution was renamed the Western State Hospital.

More information on the history of the institution can be found in the finding aid for the official records, located at the Library of Virginia.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Western Lunatic Asylum [Staunton, Virginia] Collection

Identifier: Ms-2016-021

The Western Lunatic Asylum Collection includes correspondence written to the Western Lunatic Asylum in Staunton, Virginia, dating from 1840 through the late 19th century, as well as annual reports from the 1860s and 1900s.

Dates: 1840 - 1903; Majority of material found within 1840 - 1868