The Branch – Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. – Pictorial Album of The Willard Asylum 1869 – 1886

More beautiful photographs from the book Pictorial Album Of The Willard Asylum 1869 to 1886 by Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. These photographs feature “The Branch” which was later re-named “Grand View” in 1904.

The Branch, constructed in 1859, was the original site of the first state agricultural college in the United States founded by Ezra Cornell. It was in operation from 1860 to 1861. The Civil War began, the young men went off to war, and the building fell into disrepair. In 1865, New York State purchased the building and land to be the site of The Willard Asylum for the CHRONIC Insane. The first of its kind in the country. Mr. Cornell went on to found Cornell University. The Branch housed about 225 “mild, quiet” female inmates. In 1886, the top two floors were removed and it was made into the “female” infirmary, housing those who could not take care of themselves, the sick and old, and those who could not use the “toilet” facilities. The Branch was not the main hospital building.

24-The Branch From The West-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

24-The Branch From The West-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

25-The Branch During Alterations-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

25-The Branch During Alterations-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

26-Excavating For The Addition To The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

26-Excavating For The Addition To The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

31-Physician, Apothecary & Attendants, The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

31-Physician, Apothecary & Attendants, The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

32-The Branch From The East-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

32-The Branch From The East-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

33-The Branch From The North-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

33-The Branch From The North-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

34-A Hall In The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

34-A Hall In The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

35-A View From The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

35-A View From The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

36-Horace G. Hopkins, M.D. & Anne Maycock Hopkins-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

36-Horace G. Hopkins, M.D. & Anne Maycock Hopkins-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

37-Parlor Of Dr. Horace G. Hopkins, The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

37-Parlor Of Dr. Horace G. Hopkins, The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

38-A Hall In The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

38-A Hall In The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

39-Physician's Bed-Room, The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

39-Physician’s Bed-Room, The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

40-The Branch, &c., From The South-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

40-The Branch, &c., From The South-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

42-The Branch During Alterations-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

42-The Branch During Alterations-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

43-Third Floor Hall Of The Branch During Alterations-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 197

43-Third Floor Hall Of The Branch During Alterations-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

44-The Branch During Alterations 2-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

44-The Branch During Alterations 2-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

45-The Branch Following Alterations-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

45-The Branch Following Alterations-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

46-Parlor Of Dr. Myron D. Blaine-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

46-Parlor Of Dr. Myron D. Blaine-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

47-Rooms Of Dr. Horace G. Hopkins, The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

47-Rooms Of Dr. Horace G. Hopkins, The Branch-Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. 1978

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4 thoughts on “The Branch – Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. – Pictorial Album of The Willard Asylum 1869 – 1886

    • I’m not sure. Mr. Morrison lived in Ovid, NY, for many years. He was also member of the Galen and Fairport Historical Societies and had many connections. Thank God he published this book so that people would be able to see the history.

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