What is Pennhurst State School and Hospital?
I have a keen interest in researching ancient places. So that, I can plan my next journey to visit those places. The Pennhurst State School and Hospital was a place I come up with when browsing the internet. I wanted to know about the place and did a research. Though it was a hospital in the past, now it is a museum and a famous tourist attraction. Well, I was able to find out many things about the place. To be honest, I have already done an online booking. Lets’ check out what I found.
History of Pennhurst State School and Hospital
Pennhurst State School and Hospital were also known as the Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic. As the name suggests, it was for mentally and physically disabled people. It was situated in Spring City, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Pennhurst State school and the hospital was opened on November 23rd of 1908. After four years of commencing operations, it got overcrowded.
All the residents admitted to this place were categorized as insane or imbecile concerning mental conditions, healthy or epileptic under physical conditions, and good, poor, or treated teeth according to dental categories. The residencies in the Pennhurst State School and Hospital were assigned to certain tasks. They did farming, laundry, shoemaking, sewing, butchering, domestic duties, painting, mattress making, etc.
Why Pennhurst State School and Hospital was closed?
Pennhurst State School and Hospital were closed on December 9th, 1987. Several reasons led to this. The court in the United States was found that conditions at Pennhurst were not suitable. It was inhumane, unsanitary, and dangerous. At the same time, it violated the fourteenth amendment.
Why preserve Pennhurst?
Pennhurst needs to be preserved. It has a complex positive, and inspiring story to tell. No one knows until they become disabled. It can either due to an accident or age. So preserving the place is a must. Pennhurst is a place that offers healing, insight, and reconciliation.
The Pennhurst Asylum was granted with the title Haunted attraction in the United States. You can visit this place at any time in the year. Now, there are certain restrictions as well as health conditions to follow during your visit to Pennhurst due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
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