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Willard Open House

Posted in Willard Asylum by joncrispin on 12/05/2013

There will be a rare opportunity to see the grounds of Willard next Saturday the 18th May.  I have copied and pasted all the information that I have at this point, and you can view it below.   I would highly recommend that anyone who is in the area and is interested make the effort to attend.  /   This photograph is from my first visit to Chapin House after it had been closed for several years.

Willard Psychiatric Hospital WILLARD – Organizers of the guided tours at the former Willard Psychiatric Center on May 18 are trying something new. This year only two starting times are scheduled for tours so visitors will have more of a chance to explore 9 of the structures that grace the landmark hospital on Route 96A.

“We used to have three starting times but people never had enough time to travel through these incredible buildings so we decided to limit it to two,” said organizer Lee Anne Fox. “This will improve the flow of people and give our 35 volunteers the chance for a lunch break.”

The two-and-a-half hour tours are slated to begin promptly at 9:30am and 1pm at the Grandview Building, built in 1860 and now used by the Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union. Other buildings that will be recognized by those familiar with the site, which began its history in 1869 as the New York State Agricultural College, include Brookside, Bleak House, Hadley Hall and the Mortuary.
Current stones in the Willard Cemetery have only a number, and no name.

Current stones in the Willard Cemetery have only a number, and no name.

Former Willard hospital employees and some current staff of the Willard Drug Treatment Campus, which took over the property in 1995, will be available to answer questions and offer background during the event. Some may discuss ghost sightings that have been the subject of television shows. Visitors will also have the chance to inspect the Willard Cemetery where 5,776 Willard patients were buried from 1870 to 2000. An effort has been underway to restore the cemetery, which is adjacent to hospital grounds.
Cost of admission to the tour is $10 per person. Children under 12 years of age are free. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Child Care Center, an accredited not-for-profit daycare center in the Jackson Building, which once housed Willard’s School of Nursing and is also on the tour. Parking is free.

For additional information contact Carly Hungerford at (607) 869-5533.

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  1. lisa said, on 12/05/2013 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this information.
    Will definitely be there!

    • Jen said, on 14/05/2013 at 3:20 am

      Willard continues to fascinate me and i continue to follow your posts. Wish I could attend the Open House but I love in Israel. AMAZING pic.

  2. Barbara S. said, on 16/05/2013 at 9:21 am

    Thank you so much for posting this information. It would be so interesting to be able to catch a glimpse of the life of those that stayed at Willard. Will you be attending? Photos available maybe? I noticed the snowman in the photo. Are there very many things like this left in the rooms? Wish I could attend, but live in New Zealand right now.

  3. Adrienne said, on 16/05/2013 at 10:37 am

    Well, rats. I’ll be out of town.

  4. lsstuhler said, on 16/05/2013 at 11:52 am

    Hi Jon, I thought you might like this post about Craig Williams and the Willard Cemetery:

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