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Upcoming Public Tour of Willard Asylum for the Insane

updated 4/22/2016  Willard Asylum for the Insane In a nutshell Willard officially opened in 1869. By 1877  Willard, at 475 acres (1500 patients) was the largest asylum in the United States1 .  In 1995 Willard Psychiatric Center closed its doors, but a portion of the campus is a  New York State Department of Corrections rehabilitation facility for inmates. Obviously, …

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Lawrence Mocha to be Memorialized May 16th, 2015

Lawerence Mocha, the Willard Grave Digger will be given a proper memorialization May 16, 2015!  After years of work the Willard Cemetery Memorial Committee, with the help of John Allen of the Office of Mental Health, has made contact with a relative of Lawrence Mocha and the family has given their consent to proceed with a …

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Lawrence Mocha: The Willard Grave Digger

When a reader recently emailed me suggesting I update my Willard posts to correct the name of the Willard grave-digger and patient from “Lawrence Marek” to his actual given name Lawrence Mocha. I was happy to make that correction, even happier to learn that Lawrence Mocha will most likely be properly memorialized in the cemetery to …

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Morning at the Asylum by the Lake in Willard NY

  This post is part of a series. To see all the buildings, I visited on the Willard Tour click the links below. Morning at the Asylum by the Lake (You are here!) Grandview Hadley Hall The Morgue Elliot Hall Brookside The Bleak House The Cemetery   Saturday morning my mother and I took the rare …

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