2017 Schedule for Athens Asylum Walking Tours


The next tour tickets available are on November 19, 2017.

October 22nd, 2-4pm SOLD OUT

October 22nd, 4:30-6:30pm SOLD OUT

November 19th, 2-4pm

December 17th, 2-4pm


Tickets are $12.00 with a Southeast Ohio History Center/ACHS&M membership or $15.00 each for 12 and over. You can call us to prepay your tickets with a credit/debit card or stop in the gift shop to pay cash prior to the tour. If you need to mail in a check to pay for tickets, the address is: Southeast Ohio History Center, Attn: Gift shop, 24 W. State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701.  Payment must be received prior to the day of your tour.

REFUND POLICY-   Refunds will be given only under the following circumstances:

  • Requests that are pre-paid and made at least 48 Hours prior to tour.
  • Active lightening storms- you will be given either tickets to attend another tour of your choice, or, ticket price will be refunded. Rain DOES NOT cancel the tours- please bring appropriate rain gear.
  • Level 2 or higher snow emergency.

Due to the popularity of our tours we now require preregistration. Call 740-592-2280 and press 1 for the gift shop to reserve your tickets!

This is an outdoor walking tour and will cover the entire loop of the grounds including the cemeteries so if you have small children, bring a stroller!

For more information or to purchase tickets, call ACHS&M at 740-592-2280

2017 Tour dates are:                                                                                     

October 22nd, 4:30-6:30pm

November 19th, 2-4pm

December 17th, 2-4pm

George Eberts, an expert on the history of the Athens Asylum or “The Ridges,” will lead an outdoor walking tour of the asylum grounds. The tour will last approximately two hours. Due to Ohio University restrictions, access to the inside of the buildings is limited, but you can tour the main entryway seen in the picture as well as the Kennedy Museum.

Athens-Asylum-Administration-Building-1905George will captivate you with his depth of knowledge as well as tell you the real stories of what life was like for the residents, as well as the employed, at the Asylum.

Hear about the resident Alligator, look at the names left carved into the woodwork and hear the sad tale of the “lost lady.” Your tour guide will fascinate you with how the “Lunatic” Asylum began as well as educate you on the history of mental health and psychiatry that made the Athens Asylum one of the largest in Ohio.

Rain Policy: We conduct the Asylum Tour in rain or shine so please bring appropriate clothing and umbrellas as conditions require.  Cancellation will take place only if dangerous weather such as lighting storm or high winds are active.  In winter months, if there is a level 2 or 3 snow emergency, the tour will be canceled as well.  In the event of cancellation, those with prepaid tickets can call us and choose either another tour or receive a refund.

All regularly scheduled tours are held on Sunday afternoons and start from the main steps of the Kennedy center located at the top of North Ridge Drive. 100 Ridges Circle is the address for Garmin and navigation tools.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call The Southeast Ohio History Center at 740-592-2280