The Letchworth Village was once a Model Institution for Mentally & Physically Disabled which was Abandoned for Twenty Years

The Letchworth Village – A True Story.

 Image Source: Vintage News

Image Source: Vintage News

In 1907, appropriations were made to construct the Eastern New York State Custodial Asylum in rural Theills N.Y. as a response to a growing need to house the “feeble-minded and epileptic.” 2,000 acres of sprawling farm country were purchased for $188,575 in 1907; one year later, the hospital was renamed Letchworth Village Home for the Feeble Minded and Epileptics after William Pryor Letchworth, a noted humanitarian and philanthropist who was familiar with institutional conditions.

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