Their stories remain with me today; a place filled with great sorrow and negative energy. I know people do. Down the street was bar on Route 9 called The Chezamie and she would go there every day after work to unwind. The former state hospital in Westborough Massachusetts was originally the site of as the first public reform school for juvenile offenders in the United States. On Monday, April 11, 2010, a small bus took the last six patients from Westborough to Worcester, where the new hospital was nearly complete. Its unique treatment methods were at the forefront of mental health care until it closed its doors as one of the last Massachusetts state … My great grandmother was a patient there as well and died at Westborough State in 1935, I think not long after she was taken there. Particularly when many of the towns are bulldozing these amazing, historical buildings with unmarked grave areas to allow developers to build overpriced cookie cutter style condos- it’s not right. A riot broke out in 1878, and after rumors of cruel and unusual punishment began to stream out to the press in the ensuing years, the congregate-style reform school was considered a failed experiment by the legislature. To the greatest degree possible, the hospital was self-sufficient, meaning that patients created their own clothing, grew and cooked their own food, and routinely took part in housekeeping and laundry. My grandmother went to nursing school there and became an RN. These folks didn’t ask to be born mentally ill. With medication helping the cure of mental illness for many…but some.just were institutionalized The Town of Westborough is now the owner of these buildings, they have been posted No Trespassing and violators will be prosecuted. It’s demolished now. I loved working there. Any information would be helpful. my other aunt literally ‘ran away’ from westboro in the 60’s when inmates could write a letter of appeal for release after being unvoluntarily hospitalized for 3 days. Dr. N. Emmons Paine was recruited from the State Homeopathic Asylum for the Insane in Middletown NY, where he served as Westborough’s first superintendent. Charles Walcott. After the war ended, staffing barely kept up with rising populations of patients. I visited there many times as a child and called the Operations(?) Westborough State Hospital has 220 beds. It was the first livery service from Lexington to Boston. I would start with the state records office and/or the local genealogical society. Wards I and J for chronic disturbed patients and a large kitchen building were added to the main complex in 1906 using narrow passages to connect them. With an unlimited supply of free labor, the institution was able to support itself using its inmates to farm and cook the food, wash the laundry, clean the wards and make supplies ranging from shoes to furniture (as was also customary in state mental hospitals up through the 1950s). 6,956. In Oct. 2001, I visited Westborough with my maternal uncle and cousins and gave the album plus a patient’s water color of the Superintendent’s house to the Westborough Historical Society. While the concern was real, the sign was a source of consternation for confused, psychotic patients. Please email me for more info @bigwordsscience, Apologies bigwordsscience@gmail.com is my email. Westborough State Hospital The 90± acres (core campus) parcel is owned by the Town of Westborough under the Sale Partnership Agreement with the Commonwealth. The hospital was added to … I had come to be familiar with certain patients that were allowed to walk around outside. Jeremy Lally had two good views. You can phone me at 619-224-3275, Hi Cindy my great grand father was a patient there from 1910 – 1944. In 1953, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health recorded over 23,000 inpatients system-wide… about 2,000 of those were at Westborough. I ask because I found large bones in a pile of debris near the hospital. Mental health issues were treated differently in the early days of the hospital's existence; its first name, the Westborough Insane Hospital is one that modern day society would never accept. The place had probably some of the best staff members in all of MA. In 1959 she remarried a man named Jack Gaucher from Northboro who also worked at the hospital, in receiving. Please do not enter these buildings, they are structurally unsafe and contain hazardous materials. Not knowing what this place was or is, I was fascinated by the landscapes, buildings, and was very curious of the history. My mother, Theresa Nava Mooar worked at the hospital as a dietician for adult 18 Year’s prior to her death in 1965. In case you were wondering what a day in the life of a patient was like in the later years…. It sits behind a nurse’s station, and we do not need to guess what it was for. So much pain and suffering occurred in these facilities, but as a psychiatric nurse, I’m sure moments of kindness and joy happened as well. The women’s ward had a player piano in it, likely a donation. Grafton State Hospital was a psychiatric hospital in Grafton, Massachusetts that operated from 1901 to 1973. This is a giant piece of history, and many people like myself would do anything to receive permission to get inside. Recently, she completed her latest book, which is about the former Westborough State Hospital. Unlike other administrators, he fully embraced homeopathy as an attempt to cure mental illness. Ceiling light fixtures sit on a broken gurney. On one particular summer visit a small hole within the fence line provoked itself to Jen like a welcome sign beckoning her to sneak inside. I still think about westboro and remember the people i met there (pts) ,they taught me alot about human compassion and resilence. horrible place. Annual reports. It is important to document and remember these incredible pieces of history that someday may no longer stand. I don’t see any way to do that. Unused portions of the campus were closed off and left to decay. By 2005, only about 200 patients still lived in the wards—too few to justify the expense of maintaining more than 60 buildings and 600 acres. Since the hospital has been clearing out, things have gotten quieter at Westborough State Hospital, and more pie to go around. My grandmother spent time as a patient here, how would I go about looking for records? An H-shaped building was erected to the north for housing committed patients, and connected to the main complex via hallways with small elegant “conservatories." It would be a eye opening honor to talk about your experiences some time if you are open to it. George Clough of Boston was hired to remodel the site to be used as a hospital for the insane in 1884. A maintenance worker let me into one of the closed wings of the main building to look around. They are actually scheduled to tear down the buildings, the town has plans to put something more lucrative in its location. I have many memories of the hospital and the bar….. At the time I was a fifteen year old girl, the horror stories I have to tell will sound unbelievable. We did make an impact on the pts lives to some degree, by just showing human kindness to people who really hadn’t experienced it before. Like many other state hospitals across the country, Westborough entered a steep decline by the 1940s due to overcrowding. my aunt died there in the early/mid 50’s, they said she choked on a piece of meat. It looks like an airplane when viewed from Google Earth. Some of the old school was demolished and a new section was appended to the original main building, which included a large wing extending to the east, creating common areas such as the chapel and dining hall, and beyond that was a new administration building. The top card read: Name: Seaver, Linda A. I grew up on these grounds as a child. 1 Review. I remember her telling me Jimmy Piersal was a patient there and she had to cook a special diet for him. He had his own business in Lexington, MA that was very successful. the urban explorers do not condone vandalism or destruction of property we leave only footprints. The state hospital system was intended to be self-sufficient and Westborough had a pig farm which provided both meat and sheltered occupation for those patients who could work at least part of the time, in between episodes of acute illness. Judging by the bed, this room was used by employees in its later years. Westborough State Hospital Memorial Inc. is a Massachusetts Non-Profit Corporation filed on March 11, 2019. Though the hospital’s methods were controversial, especially of enforced bedrest, the hospital touted a relatively high recovery rate compared to the other state hospitals into the turn of the century. Today, the hospital looks almost exactly as it did that day. I have photos of him as a child and he looked like any happy kid. There is something about this place which makes me want to know more, definitely feels like there are a ton of stories to be told. Looking toward the Female Infirmary Ward from the long, glass, Conservatory hallway. Perhaps you can tell me something…. However I did learn a lot here and experienced so much that I have taken with me throughout my life. Westborough State Hospital, she easily discovered the history of, became her home-away-from-home, her escape from the mind's troubles, as she preferred to refer to it. Two satellite colonies for quiet chronic patients were established on the south shore of Lake Chauncey, which were the Warren Farm Colony for Men (1903) and the Richmond Colony for Women (1903). The picture that showed all the blue cards on the desk that had patient information on them — what happened to those items? It was my first job working ever in mental health and I have been working in the field ever since. In today's video we go back to Summer of 2018 when I visited the historic Westborough Psychiatric Center. My mother Marion Carlton worked there in the 80’s and the stories she told.A lot of the babies born there were children of the male staff.There were rapes,ice soaks , electric shocks committed on patients ,a lot of abuse.It was also written in a book called “Insane Aslym” We (grandchildren) were not allowed to call them ‘patients’.. The windows were thick and strung tight with wire, his last roommate whispered, to keep your thoughts in the room. Amongst the pile were burnt kitchenware, bricks and metal. I was finally released from the last hospital in 1963, and it wasn’t until 1978 that I began my search in earnest. Near the Day Rooms in the Paying Patient ward. All ‘Not Improved’. Opacity is dedicated to documenting various abandoned places through both text and photographs; recording their transformations through time before they are demolished. If you would like to share it, please use the social media buttons provided or write something up with a link to this website, thanks. The state originally planned to close the Westborough State Hospital in 2012, after a new psychiatric hospital is built in Worcester. At his retirement, patients and staff presented him with an oversize album in which photographs were posted of the many activities on the ‘campus’, patient and staff alike, often together. Hello all, is there any information on a fire that may have had casualties? I’ll go where I please. The former state hospital in Westborough Massachusetts was originally the site of as the first public reform school for juvenile offenders in the United States. Her name was Mary Naples from Westborough. my 2 brothers lived at lyman school for boys off and on in the 50’s and 60’s. At that time patients were housed in a more modern building on the southeast side of the campus. Have you had any success getting any records from those periods? It would be great to find more info about her if anyone has anything or suggestions. I worked at the Hadley building. It would be great if we could use this forum or perhaps get an email chain going to start some dialogue on this place? We spent a lot of time there. Abandoned Teupitz State Psychiatric Institution in Brandenburg. Condition when discharged: Not Improved (Died) State Homeopathic Asylum for the Insane in Middletown. 559 likes. The total number of beds available in Massachusetts is 20882, big hospital in Massachusettsaccording to number of beds is MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL with 1035 beds located in BOSTON city, smallest hospital in Massachusetts according to number of beds is LAHEY MEDICAL CENTER - PEABODY, with 10 beds located in PEABODY. It was designed to integrate a preexisting, and recently vacated, reform school for boys. I was a psychology intern here in 1980. My mother worked there as a Registered Nurse on the 7-3 shift in the 80’s and up till 1990. The new model could feed the entire hospital at once by having patients move through the campus into a communal dining hall, where they were supervised while they ate. The fences helped discourage patients from throwing themselves down the stairs. Compact State NO. Dedicated to preserving the memory of Westborough State Hospital, and the lives of the patients and staff who lived and worked there. Nicer than the ward. Westborough State Hospital. In all of the darkness there, there was also love. The theater had a projection booth in the rear, though the movie projector was gone. That’s a complicated question, Victoria. The large, center section of the hallway would fit chairs for patients to look out on the gardens. They didn’t deserve to be hurt or terrorized. Some of these bones were burnt as well. Thanks everyone and I will provide an email to anyone who wants to start some dialogue. Under the direction of the Dept. The Westborough State Hospital was an mental hospital built near Lake Chauncy in Westborough, Massachusetts. She knew she alone couldn’t change anything. Oh well that progress I guess they.landed in the jails in streets and murdered innocent people. The institution opened as the Westborough Insane Hospital in December of 1886, taking in 204 patients from the crowded hospitals in Taunton, Northampton, Danvers and Worcester. Westborough State Hospital, also known as The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts, is a Psychiatric Hospital in Westborough, Massachusetts.The NPI Number for Westborough State Hospital is 1740358878. I feel so bad that she died and no one claimed her. I had the impression that residents may have had addiction issues rather than or in addition to mental illness. Stacks of patient record cards; names in the graveyard. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Hospital and State School System. The book is part of the series, Images of America, and is published by Arcadia Publishing. License Wait Time n/a. At the moment, located on the land is Tufts, which is a graduate school for Veterinary Students and also a veterinary hospital for numerous types of animals. When he was coming and going from his room, or if the nurses let him sit on his bed, he could see into the Recreation Room outside his door’s window. More than 1,700 patients resided here by the end of World War II, at the same time many of the nurses and staff were involved in the war effort. My visit here is a lot like translating the aorist tense…full of decisions about bringing out the continuous or the completed aspect. Very tired tonight. again, thank you. The auditorium was named after him (Dr. Walter Emery Lang) a few years after his death in 1949. Remember coming home from my summer job at the high school in northborough and seeing my mother in tears. 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