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<div style="font-size:85%; text-align:left;">If you were looking for Central State Hospital in Indiana, [[Central Indiana State Hospital|click here]]</div>
 
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{{infobox institution
 
| name = Central State Hospital
 
| name = Central State Hospital
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| established = 1834
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| established =
 
| construction_began = 1837  
 
| construction_began = 1837  
 
| construction_ended =
 
| construction_ended =
| opened = 1843
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| opened =
| closed = 2013
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| closed =
 
| demolished =
 
| demolished =
 
| current_status = [[Active Institution|Active]]
 
| current_status = [[Active Institution|Active]]
 
| building_style = [[Rambling Planned Institutions|Rambling Plan]]
 
| building_style = [[Rambling Planned Institutions|Rambling Plan]]
 
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| location = Milledgeville, GA
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| peak_patient_population = 12,000 est in 1959
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| peak_patient_population = 12,000 est
| alternate_names =<br>
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| alternate_names =
*Milledgeville State Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum
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Milledgeville State Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum
*Milledgeville State Hospital
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Milledgeville State Hospital
*Georgia State Sanitarium  
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Georgia State Sanitarium  
 
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==History==
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Chartered in 1837, Central State Hospital Central State Hospital was a product of the nineteenth century's social reform movement. Since its founding, the hospital not only has cared for thousands of patients but also has been the focus of political discussions in Georgia regarding the role of government and public health. By the 1960s Central State Hospital had become the largest mental health institution in the United States.
Chartered in 1837, Central State Hospital was a product of the nineteenth century's social reform movement. Since its founding, the hospital not only has cared for thousands of patients but also has been the focus of political discussions in Georgia regarding the role of government and public health. By the 1960s Central State Hospital had become the largest mental health institution in the United States.
 
  
 
Movements to reform prisons, create public schools, and establish state-run hospitals for the mentally ill swept across the nation during the first decades of the nineteenth century. In 1837 Georgia politicians responded by passing a bill calling for the creation of a "State Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum." Located in Milledgeville, the state capital at that time, construction of the facility was completed in October 1842, and the hospital admitted its first patient later that year.
 
Movements to reform prisons, create public schools, and establish state-run hospitals for the mentally ill swept across the nation during the first decades of the nineteenth century. In 1837 Georgia politicians responded by passing a bill calling for the creation of a "State Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum." Located in Milledgeville, the state capital at that time, construction of the facility was completed in October 1842, and the hospital admitted its first patient later that year.
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==Video==
 
*The following sixteen minute video on the history of Central State Hospital was created and uploaded on YouTube by Keeping History on two wheels.
 
 
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== Books ==
 
== Books ==
 
''But for the Grace of God: The Inside Story of the World's Largest Insane Asylum'', Milledgeville, by Peter G. Cranford
 
''But for the Grace of God: The Inside Story of the World's Largest Insane Asylum'', Milledgeville, by Peter G. Cranford
 
==News Articles==
 
*March 10, 2012 - [[Milledgeville's Central State Hospital Changes Role, Decays from Disuse]]
 
 
==Museum Information==
 
'''Central State Hospital Museum'''<br>
 
620 Broad St<br>
 
Milledgeville, GA 31061<br>
 
(478) 445-4878<br>
 
[http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/784-central-state-hospital-museum Museum info] <br>
 
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'''Note:''' As of 2019, the museum is closed.
 
 
==Cemetery==
 
30,000 people are buried on the grounds of Central State Hospital. Patients were buried in segregated cemeteries for white males, white females, "colored" males, and "colored" females.1 Numbered stakes without names or other identifying information marked graves. Groundskeepers charged with cemetery upkeep often pulled up the grave markers, leaving them in piles in order to make lawn mowing less tedious. Restoration efforts began in 1997 & continue today.
 
*[http://mhddad.dhr.georgia.gov/DHR-MHDDAD/DHR-MHDDAD_CommonFiles/14890068cemetery4.pdf/ History & info of the cemetery]
 
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
Payne, David H. "Central State Hospital." New Georgia Encyclopedia. 03 September 2014. Web. 04 June 2019.
 
 
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== Links ==
 
== Links ==
  
*[http://developcsh.com/ Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority]
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*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ga/county/baldwin/csh.html http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ga/county/baldwin/csh.html]
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*[http://www.library.gsu.edu/spcoll/collections/av/lane/view.asp?action=box&db=lanegp&box=26 http://www.library.gsu.edu/spcoll/collections/av/lane/view.asp?action=box&db=lanegp&box=26]
  
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