The Johnson County Historical Society's

Asylum and Poor Farm





Background | Asylum | Today

“This remaining section of the first asylum in Johnson County presents a moving and thought-provoking glimpse into the history of public mental health care, not only in the county, but perhaps throughout the state and nation. The fact that it is still in existence, and essentially unchanged, is very important, because as attitudes toward the mentally ill, and methods of care, have changed over the past century, most communities have made haste to remove the vestiges of the inhumane conditions in which 19th century insane persons were kept.” The asylum of 1861 is a historical account of the healthcare methods used to care for the “insane” or people in need.


All information and quotes courtesy of a report written by the Division of Historical Preservation.

For questions or comments, please contact Catherine Stewart