Welcome to Kentucky Historic Institutions!

The mission of this group is to preserve the memories and histories of Kentucky’s forgotten (and, occasionally, still active) institutions, asylums, and hospitals. Written, visual, and oral histories will be provided for the various institutions so please check our website frequently for updates. The main page of this website also houses a blog; this blog … Continue reading Welcome to Kentucky Historic Institutions!

The Mayfield Monitor Gets Hot in the Collar 1898 Graves County, Kentucky 1898

"The Mayfield Monitor Gets Hot in the Collar It is said the bawdy house in the east end of town has opened. There is either no law to reach such institutions or it is ignored, as they are permitted to run without let or hindrance.  Mayfield seems to be on the downgrade as to morality … Continue reading The Mayfield Monitor Gets Hot in the Collar 1898 Graves County, Kentucky 1898

A Brief Review of 20th Century Treatments of Mental Disorders

By Shawn L. Special notes: this post does not imply that institutions in Kentucky actually utilized the procedures outlined within this post. It is based on historical information about treatment methodologies utilized at the time for treating mental disorders. A number of non-invasive methods were used as well. This is not a comprehensive review of these historical methods. Advances … Continue reading A Brief Review of 20th Century Treatments of Mental Disorders

Dr. Chastain Caldwell Forbes – The First Superintendent of Central State Hospital

- Contributed by Jay Gravatte Chastain Caldwell Forbes was born Hopkinsville, Kentucky on April 9, 1830. He married Emily McFerran on January 7, 1857 and from 1861-1865 served in the Company S, Confederate States Hospital Stewards Infantry Regiment as an enlisted Hospital Steward during the United States Civil War. Emily would later give birth to their … Continue reading Dr. Chastain Caldwell Forbes – The First Superintendent of Central State Hospital