SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, 2:00-4:00p.m. (Sold out)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19th, 2:00-4:00p.m.-Still available
In honor of Veterans Day this year join us for our first Asylum Tour focusing on the role soldiers and their families played in the history of the Athens Asylum. Cyrus Moore III, AmeriCorps member with the Ohio History Service Corps and Military expert for the Southeast Ohio History Center, will lead this special edition Veterans tour. Learn how the Asylum aided returning soldiers from the horrors of the warfare and how medical science dealt with issues like Post-Traumatic Stress and morphine addiction.
You will tour the graves and learn the stories of veterans who served in the Mexican War, Civil War, and World War I who are buried on the grounds. You will observe the military symbolism that went into the design of the Asylum itself. Our tour guide will also share with you the general history of the Asylum as well as the fascinating and touching stories of the patients and staff who made this institution famous.
These are special tours in honor of Veterans Day and like all our Asylum Tours are walking tours of the outside loop of the grounds including the cemeteries. Tours last approximately 2 hours and will be held rain or shine so please dress appropriately and bring rain gear if conditions apply.
Spaces are limited so call early to make your reservations! Tickets are $10.00 with a Southeast Ohio History Center membership or $15.00 to the general public. Children 12 and under are free. You can reserve and prepay your tickets by calling us at 740-592-2280. Please choose option 1 for the gift shop.
Tours start from the main steps of the Kennedy Center located at the top of North Ridge Drive. 100 Ridges Circles is the address for Garmin and navigation tools.
To read more about PTSD during the Civil War: