Eastern State Hospital historical marker gets 2019 Commemoration designation

Eastern State Hospital’s historical highway marker was one of 37 historical markers across the state to receive special designations as part of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution.

Eastern State Hospital’s marker earned a Virginia History Trails designation, which makes it an official site on the Virginia History Trails app. The app is a digital education tool of the 2019 Commemoration that contains information about more than 200 sites and 400 stories important to Virginia’s history, according to a 2019 Commemoration news release.

“Virginia’s multimodal transportation system connects people and communities to jobs, education, and opportunity,” Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine said in the release. “As residents and visitors explore our beautiful Commonwealth, these historical markers help them connect to Virginia’s rich history.”

The 2019 Commemoration recognizes the 400th anniversary of several key events that took place in 1619 that played a pivotal role in the formation of the United States, such as the first meeting of a representative legislature in English North America and the arrival of the first recorded Africans in English North America. The commemoration features a series of events and exhibitions throughout the state, according to the release.

The Eastern State Hospital marker commemorates the facility’s place as the oldest psychiatric hospital in the United States. It was founded in 1773.

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