Established 1773, old main building burned down in 1885. Replica created
1985. The "Public Hospital", located not too far from the rest of the
Colonial Williamsburg buildings, is at the same time both the most historic
(it was the first) and least historic (with a building actually built
in 1985) of America's historic asylums.
Eastern State Hospital was established in 1773 as the
"Public Hospital for Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds". This
original building is now a museum, part of Colonial Williamsburg.
The hospital is still in substantial operation, but has moved to
land west of Williamsburg.
Please visit the Eastern
State Hospital Website for a substantial look at the history and
present operations of this venerable institution.
For more information on Colonial
a major historic tourist attraction
which includes the
State Hospital, please