Monroe County Asylum

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Monroe County Asylum
Opened 1900/1948
Current Status Preserved
Location Sparta, Wisconsin
Alternate Names
  • Monroe County Almshouse & Insane Asylum
  • Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center


In 1900 a brick home for the poor, or almshouse, was built on a former farm in Sparta, Wisconsin after the decision to close the old almshouse was made in 1899. Many felt the old almost house was too far from the county seat and inaccessible for use in warehousing the indigent and poor children most often assigned there. In 1901 the poor house was than converted into the county asylum and a new poor house was constructed in 1902 on a different part of the property. More information on the county and the asylum can be found here [1]. In 1948 a new structure was built that now houses other Monroe County offices and outpatient therapy services in addition to storage, offices and laundry for Rolling Hills Rehab Center and Retirement Home.