Anna Hunt Marsh

  • <p>Brattleboro Retreat - 1844 - aka The Vermont Asylum for the Insane, established by Anna Hunt Marsh in 1834</p> <p>Brattleboro Retreat - 1844 - aka The Vermont Asylum for the Insane, established by Anna Hunt Marsh in 1834</p>

Play Audio: Special Student Edition (Brattleboro Area Middle School Students & BHS)

  • Anna Hunt Marsh audio - SPECIAL STUDENT EDITION: BHS & BAMS

About

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.

Tour Stop Location: Anna Hunt Marsh bridge - (Island Park)

Bridge Street, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301, United States

Research & Production

Audio Production, Research & Narration:
Brattleboro Historical Society/ Brattleboro Area Middle School students with Joe Rivers

Ongoing Development and Involvement:
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Photos & Video

  • Anna Hunt Marsh Bridge, Cheshire County, NH

  • BAMS@WKVT Video

  • <p>In the classroom: local students learn place-based history using the power of storytelling and audio (pictured: BAMS: Brattleboro Area Middle School Students)</p> <p>In the classroom: local students learn place-based history using the power of storytelling and audio (pictured: BAMS: Brattleboro Area Middle School Students)</p>

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)