The abandoned Central State Hospital (formerly known as Georgia State Lunatic, Idiot and Epileptic Asylum, Georgia State Sanitarium and Midgeville State Hospital) can be found on and around Jones Drive in Milledgeville, Georgia.
The Georgia State Sanitarium had multiple buildings in use from its inception in 1837 when it was initially named the Georgia State Lunatic, Idiot and Epileptic Asylum. The facility opened officially in 1842 and Dr. Thomas A Green was one of the first heads of the hospital. Under his care from 1845 – 1874, the hospital staff was modeled to be like the ‘institution as family’ creating an environment like that of an extended family for the patients. Dr. Green ended the use of chain and rope restraints and ate with the patients and the staff. Population of patients rapidly grew and an over populated Georgia State Lunatic, Idiot and Epileptic Asylum quickly occurred by the 1870’s.
The campus grounds continued to grow and in 1884 the Walker Building was constructed for white male patients. In southern states segregation was still very prevalent at this time and in 1866 the first building for “coloured” people was built. This building was constructed further away from the main campus and more buildings were added. These buildings were more drab, less styled than the other buildings and have now been re-purposed as a prison.
By the 1960’s there were 12,000 patients of the Georgia State Sanitarium. Due to the increase on the de-institutionalization that was occurring around the United States and the increase of more available hospitals through out the state of Georgia, the patient count began to decrease. In 1974 the Walter Building closed and later the Jones Building. Others were re-purposed and some continued to function for other health and beneficial uses.
Many believe the Georgia State Lunatic, Idiot and Epileptic Asylum to be haunted due to the years it has been around. It is observed that over 30,000 patients are buried in 6 cemeteries of Georgia State Sanitariums sprawling 1,750 acres of land.
Where is the derelict Central State Hospital / Georgia Lunatic Asylum located? You can find it with these coordinates. 33.052979,-83.223782. Take a street tour down Jones Drive on Google Maps and you will see a creepy drive by!
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