An insanely good time:: “A two-story brick institution south of Francis Street, Williamsburg's public hospital was founded at the urging of Governor Francis Fauquier (pronounced "Fau-keer"). Like many men of the 18th-century Enlightenment, Fauquier believed science could be employed to cure "persons who are so unhappy as to be deprived of their reason." READ MORE
Linda and I just happened to stumble upon this museum on our way to the larger museums housed beyond the entrance. The DeWitt Wallace
Decorative Arts Museum & The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
This hospital museum tells in a simple, and meaningful way the trials of caring for the mental illness during a time when little was really known about such a disease.
“The building housed 24 cells, all designed for the security and isolation of their occupants. Each cell had a stout door with a barred window that looked on a dim central passage, a mattress, a chamber pot, and an iron ring in the wall to which the patient's wrist or leg fetters were attached.”
“Things” are getting better
‘Loony’ Lucy was committed to the Public Hospital When five men dragged her to the mental asylum, Lucy declared she would one day return to the Ludwell-Paradise house. She died in the asylum two years later, never returning to her home in the physical sense READ MORE
ARE “THEY” AFTER YOU YET?????
There are samples of the primitive treatment tools used on those found insane. Some of these are not for the weak hearted.
“TREATMENTS OF THE TIME” By our standards, treatment was crude, aggressive and abusive. Powerful drugs were used to evacuate the bowels, induce constipation or cause vomiting. Other treatments included blistering salves, restraining devices such as manacles and the strait waistcoat or straitjacket, a plunge bath or dunking chair, a small electricity machine to administer shocks, scarificators [scalpel-like devises for bloodletting] and cups for bleeding. Sometimes obstreperous patients were bound to chairs to quiet them. Many doctors thought that a certain amount of intimidation would induce patients to reconsider their ways. On the positive side, inmates were fed, clothed and allowed time in the exercise yard -- also known as the “mad yard” – READ MORE The Madhouse of Colonial Williamsburg: An Interview With Shomer Zwelling (this is a really good link)……………………………………………………….. After all this you are probably hungry so take the time to stop at:::
“The Museum Café features a delectable array of sandwiches, chili, salads, and soups (vegetarian options also available) as well as teas, coffee, tavern beers, and wine.”
For More:::: The Athens Lunatic Asylum