Greystone Psychiatric Hospital, Morris Plains, NJ Sept 16, 2013

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I used to live in Morris Plains, NJ and just a quick bike ride from my house was the old Greystone Psychiatric Hospital grounds and buildings. Many a day, my daughter and I would ride over to the grounds and just wander around. We looked into the buildings, but never went inside. Take a look…

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Originally opened on August 17, 1876, the hospital was known as the New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum at Morristown. The asylum officially received the familiar Greystone Park name in 1924. The idea for such a facility was conceived in the early 1870s at the persistent lobbying of Dorothea Lynde Dix, a nurse who was an advocate for better health care for people with mental illnesses. Because of her efforts, the New Jersey Legislature appropriated $2.5 million to obtain about 743 acres of land for New Jersey’s second “lunatic asylum.” Great care was…

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