Binghamton State Hospital & Cemetery

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Binghamton Asylum for the Chronic Insane was the second New York State Asylum for the “Chronic Insane” ONLY that opened on October 19, 1881; Willard was the first opening on October 13, 1869. In 1890, ALL NYS Insane Asylums became “state hospitals” and accepted both chronic and acute patients. Binghamton State Hospital served the counties of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schoharie, and Tioga. 

1916 Binghamton State Hospital
Binghamton State Hospital History – nysAsylum – Roger Luther
Binghamton State Hospital – You Tube
Binghamton Asylum Cemetery Records – 1,500 Patient Names.
2014 Roger Luther – Glass Photo Negatives Discovered in Binghamton’s Historic Asylum – 2.18.2014.

Roger Luther has done a fabulous job with photographing many of the abandoned New York State hospitals and cemeteries. Please visit his website at: nysAsylum.com.

Binghamton Cemetery by Roger Luther

Binghamton Cemetery by Roger Luther

Chap. 280. AN ACT to abolish the New York State Inebriate Asylum, and to establish the Binghamton Asylum for the Chronic Insane, and to provide for the management thereof. Passed May 13, 1879; three-fifths being present.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. The institution heretofore established, and now known as the New York State Inebriate Asylum, at Binghamton, is hereby abolished; and all the property and privileges belonging to this State, and now managed and administered by the managers of said inebriate asylum, are hereby transferred and intrusted to the care and management of the Binghamton Asylum for the Chronic Insane, which is hereby established. The governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint nine citizens of this State as a board of trustees of such asylum for the insane, who shall be divided into three equal classes – the first class to hold office for two years; the second class four years, and the third class six years, from and after the passage of this act, and until their successors are appointed and enter upon the discharge of their duties. The governor is hereby authorized, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, to fill all vacancies hereafter occurring in said board of trustees, either by reason of the expiration of the term of service, or for any other cause.

§ 2. Immediately after the passage of this act, the managers of said inebriate asylum shall begin their preparation to close up the affairs of begin to the same, and shall give free access and opportunity to the agents, mechanics and laborers to be employed by the trustees of said asylum for the chronic insane, to enter upon said property for the purpose of preparing the same for the uses of such insane asylum; and upon the expiration of thirty days from and after the passage of this act, the said managers, their officers, agents, employes and servants, shall vacate such property, and leave the same to the possession, control, and management of the trustees appointed under the first section of this act.”…

SOURCE: Laws of the State of New York, Passed at the One Hundred and Second Session of the Legislature, Begun January Seventh, and Ended May Twenty-Second, 1879, In the City of Albany, Albany: A. Bleecker Banks, Publisher, 1879, Page 368.

Binghamton Cemetery 2 by Roger Luther

Binghamton Cemetery 2 by Roger Luther

As far as I know, there is no group for this cemetery.

I have created a page for each state hospital and custodial institution cemetery that I know of in the hope that some group: historical societies, former patients, concerned citizens, may be interested in forming their own cemetery restoration, beautification group in order to memorialize and honor the people buried in anonymous, unmarked graves.

What you would need to do first is to find the forgotten cemetery, take photographs (which I would be more than happy to post), and organize your own group. You can also leave comments on this page in order to get more people involved. This isn’t something that can be accomplished in a few weeks, this will take dedication, an ongoing commitment, and lots of time.

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3 thoughts on “Binghamton State Hospital & Cemetery

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  2. I am currently a groundskeeper / caretaker at a local cemetery. I would be more than happy to donate what I can of my time and serviced to the purpose of preserving and restoring this forgotten cemetery. It is sad to think that after all the hardship and tragedy that these people suffered in their lives both before and after being sent to The Castle are now lost and forgotten to the city/town that it helped support…. Please feel free to contact me at my Email address if you have any information on who I would contact about caring for this cemetery site.

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