Western State Hospital
Memorial Project

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Northwest Peer Connect is the mental health services consumer/survivor/ex-patient organization for all of the Northwestern section of the state of Virginia.

Northwest Peer Connect has started the 2008 Restoration Project to memorialize the patients who died at Western State Hospital in Staunton, Virginia, and who are buried in two cemeteries on Hospital Property, mostly on the grounds behind the old Western State Hospital building.

There are two sites, on the Original site there are 104 people buried. There are 3045 burial places at the second site behind the old Hospital building, in which 200 burial places remain empty.

If you do the math, this means there were 2835 people buried at the second site, and 104 people buried at the Original site, giving us a grand total of 2929 people buried at both cemetery sites

The first burial at the Original site occurred sometime near or around 1828. The burials at the second site behind the old hospital building started about 10 years after the first burial at the Original site.

Most people buried there are only represented by a small marker without a name and only a painted number. Just a few markers have numbers that are still legible.

The last burials behind the old building took place around 1984. In 1986 a law was passed requiring Names and Dates on headstones.

Currently Western State inters people who die at the hospital in Riverview Cemetery in Waynesboro.

Please join us as we memorialize these people and show them the proper respect and dignity they deserve.

Please help us build a Memorial and Restore the sites.

Please contact:

Western State Memorial Project
Western State Hospital
P.O. Box 2500
Staunton, VA 24402

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