Closing of Dorothea Dix Hospital marks failure of state reforms | Independent Weekly

On Dix Hill, the cold December stillness only serves to reinforce the feeling of abandonment.

These splendid, rolling grounds, overlooking the center of Raleigh from the south, were occupied not so long ago by a state psychiatric hospital established in 1848 that had grown to serve a patient population of 3,000. The staff, working around the clock seven days a week, numbered two or three times that many. A working farm comprised the back 1,300 acres. It’s gone now, turned (most of it) into the new Centennial Campus for N.C. State University.

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