Eastern State Hospital is the oldest psychiatric hospital in the United States. It was established on 12 Oct.1773, when Virginia was still a British colony, with the mission of treating and discharging the curable mentally ill. In 1841, under the leadership of John Minson Galt, the hospital initiated new reforms characterized as “moral management,” a self-directed form of rehabilitation that changed the social perception and treatment of mental illness in America. Beginning in 1935 and ending on 28 Jan. 1970, the entire institution gradually moved to Dunbar Farm.
Year On Marker: 2010
Original Sponsor: NHA, Eastern State Hospital
Geographic Location: James City County
Physical Description of Location: Marker is on Galt Drive, just prior to intersection with Longhill Connector Road (State Route 615), Williamsburg, VA 23188.
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