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Spencer State Hospital Roane County West Virginia

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This project open to those that were patients and those who worked for the facility.

Spencer State Hospital Opens: July 18, 1893

Spencer State Hospital opened in Roane County on July 18, 1893. It was intended to relieve the overcrowding at Weston State Hospital in caring for people with mental illnesses. At times, its mission was expanded to treat diseases such as typhoid fever, tuberculosis, and pneumonia.

Spencer State Hospital’s connected brick buildings extended a quarter-mile in length, and some have suggested it was once the longest continuous brick building in America. The hospital’s farms included dairy cattle, hogs, chickens, and vegetable gardens, all of which provided food for patients and staff. The hospital also had its own water and power supplies.

The institution maintained an open-door policy—with patients free to come and go—but a fence was erected around the hospital to separate patients from the town of Spencer. Between 1973 and ‘76, the administrative building was torn down and replaced. Spencer State Hospital closed for good in 1989. Four years later, the city auctioned off most of the equipment left behind. A local employer, Monarch Rubber (later Armacell), took over the hospital’s familiar-sounding whistle so residents of Spencer could continue hearing its blasts morning, noon, and night.

The Spencer State Hospital, also known as the Second Hospital for the Insane, opened its doors on July 18, 1893 and closed in June of 1989. Located in Spencer, West Virgina, the hospital was built to relieve overcrowding at Weston State Hospital, now commonly known as the Trans-Alleghany Lunatic Asylum. The Spencer State Hospital was intended to treat the mentally ill but patients with other ailments such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever were commonly accepted to the institution throughout its almost 100 year history. The hospital was an important part of the community of Spencer, West Virginia during its existence.

National Archives Record Group 69-PWA

West Virginia Archives and History, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Spencer State Hospital: (, accessed March 29, 2018.

Asylum Projects, Spencer State Hospital: (, accessed March 29, 2018.√/