1857 Investigation Report for Orange County NYthe Poorhouse Story


Of the inmates sixteen are lunatics, eight males and eight females. All are paupers. Six have been received during the past year. Two are confined in cells and sometimes the more violent lunatics are restrained by handcuffs and even chained to the floor. During the year two have been cured and four materially improved. Two women attend the lunatics and the house physician prescribes for them when physically ill. A stone building 26 by 50 is attached to the main structure with twenty-two rooms, for the accommodation of lunatics. These rooms are about eight feet square, light airy and healthy, and the lunatics are here made comfortable. Ample yards are attached for exercise. The school room is in the same building and is a good one. Two of the paupers are idiots, both males. Three are blind. Three lunatics have escaped and not returned, during the past year. Intemperance furnishes this house with two thirds of its inmates.


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