Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane

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Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane
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Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane is located in New York
Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane
Location Willard, New York
Coordinates 42°40′45″N 76°52′46″W / 42.67917°N 76.87944°W / 42.67917; -76.87944Coordinates: 42°40′45″N 76°52′46″W / 42.67917°N 76.87944°W / 42.67917; -76.87944
Built 1869
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Second Empire
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 75001229[1]
Added to NRHP March 7, 1975

The Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane is a building complex in Willard, New York, near Seneca Lake. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

The property once included farmland that was farmed by the residents. Some of that property is now included in Bonavista State Park Golf Course.[2]

In 1995, some 400 suitcases that were once brought in by the patients were discovered in the asylum attic.[3]

The Willard drug treatment center was opened in 1995 on the campus of the former Willard Psychiatric State Hospital, a facility for mental patients.

The site of Willard Psychiatric State Hospital was going to be the start of Cornell university but the civil war started which later ended up preventing the college from ever opening in Ovid, New York.

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