Anna Hunt Marsh established the "Vermont Asylym for the Insane with a bequest of $10,000 in 1834. Today it is known as the "Brattleboro Retreat". She was the first woman credited with starting a hospital for the mentally ill. Her vision was a facility patterned on a Quaker concept called moral treatment. It was one of the first "humane" mental health hospitals in the US. In addition to the Brattleboro Retreat, Marsh also made provisions to ensure the preservation of Wantastiquet.
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Brattleboro Historical Society/ Brattleboro Area Middle School students with Joe Rivers
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Pictured above: Brattleboro Retreat - 1844 - aka The Vermont Asylum for the Insane, established by a bequest from Anna Hunt Marsh in 1834 (courtesy - Brattleboro Historical Society)