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Athens Lunatic Asylum

Operating from 1874 to 1993, Athens Lunatic Asylum, treated and housed tens of thousands of patients. Some of the original buildings have been renovated into what is now known as The Ridges at Ohio University located in Athens, Ohio. The facility had multiple features such as farm fields, gardens and orchard which many of the patients worked on as a form of therapy. Many of these same patients were later buried at the cemetery that is still in use. During the time Athens was functioning as an asylum the headstones were simply marked with numbers.