Established in 1910 as the Virginia State Epileptic Colony, the center admitted its first patients in May 1911. The facility originally served persons with epilepsy and began accepting individuals with mental retardation in 1913. Due to the new national emphasis in the mid-1950s on mental retardation, a number of new training and developmental programs for individuals with mental retardation were developed here. The facility has undergone several name changes, and became known as the Central Virginia Training Center in 1983. The campus also contains a cemetery and a number of early twentieth-century Colonial Revival buildings.
Geographic Location: Amherst County
Physical Description of Location: Madison Heights, VA 24572. Located on Colony Road, 0.5 miles southeast of the intersection of Colony Road and I-29. Marker is on the right when traveling southeast on Colony Road.
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