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Willard Tour: The Morgue

This post is part of a series. To see all the buildings I visited on the Willard Tour click the links below.

Possibly the eeriest stop on the Willard tour was the Morgue. In the early years of The Willard Asylum was almost completely self-sufficient, as time went on more resources and tasks were outsourced, but the medical care remained in house until the asylum closed it’s doors in 1997, if needed even a Willard patient’s final medical procedure, an autopsy would of been preformed on the Willard grounds in a dedicated morgue building near the south end of the property.

No renovations have been done to the morgue, and while I was not as intrigued with this building as others, but the final picture on this page is among my favorites from the tour. There is something about the mix of colors,  textures and items from different decades that appeal to me.
Morgue Cavity Tool

Morgue Things


Willard Morgue Autopsy Table

Willard Morgue Sink


This post is part of a series. To see all the buildings I visited on the Willard Tour click the links below.

Willard Unnamed building
Morning at the Asylum by the Lake in Willard NY
Willard Tour: Brookside

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Wednesday 29th of April 2015

Is this tour handicap accessible?

Jennifer Morrisey

Wednesday 29th of April 2015

Hi Emily, I believe almost all of the buildings (with the exception of the fire department) had multiple floors, and I only remember seeing a functional elevator in one of the buildings. The steps into each building were just a few to a handful, but I don’t remember seeing any ramps. I suggest you contact the Elizabeth Cady Children’s center to confirm this, but I would not personally call the tour accessible.

Deb Betz

Saturday 18th of April 2015

I am interested in the 2015 tour. Can I reserve 2 places or who should I contact for information. Thank you.

Jennifer Morrisey

Saturday 18th of April 2015

Hi Deb! no reservations are necessary, the tour will be held on May 16th this year. Tours will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Ticket sales will be at the door only. There are a few changes this year, check out my post for all the details! And if you have further questions contact the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Children's Center

Christine @ Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Sunday 25th of May 2014

Ooh! Kind of creepy! Thanks for sharing these... I wish we hadn't had something else to do that day! Maybe next year...

Jennifer Morrisey

Saturday 31st of May 2014

I think I will be going back next year! Really the three hours is barely enough time to really see everything!