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Central State Hospital FAQs


Q: When was Central State Hospital (CSH) established?

A: The Georgia legislature authorized the construction of an asylum in 1837. The first patients were admitted in late 1842.

Q: Has the name of the hospital always been Central State Hospital?

A: No, the original name of the hospital was the Georgia Lunatic Asylum. In 1897, the name was changed to the Georgia State Sanitarium. In 1929, the name was changed to Milledgeville State Hospital. Finally in 1967, the name of the hospital changed once again to its present name, Central State Hospital.

Q: How big is Central State Hospital?

A: At one time, CSH was the largest mental institution in the world. CSH occupies approximately 1750 acres. In the 1960s, the hospital population rose to over 13,000.

Q: Where can I find information about Central State Hospital?

A: There are two books on the subject: But for the Grace of God: The Inside Story of the World's Largest Insane Asylum, Milledgeville and History of Milledgeville State Hospital both by Peter G. Cranford. More information can be found at the Central State Hospital website. You can also visit the Central State Hospital museum located on the hospital grounds.

Q: How can I find more information on the Central State Hospital museum?

A: For more information on the museum call 478-453-6889.

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