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Photos of the Mansfield Training School in Mansfield, CT, found here.

Mansfield Training School, also known as the Depot Campus is located right down the road from University Of Connecticut. The school originally started in 1860, as the “Connecticut School for Imbeciles” but later on changed the name to “Connecticut Training School for the Feebleminded” in 1915. But in 1917, it had merged with Connecticut Colony for Epileptics in Mansfield where the 350-acre campus opened up as just the Mansfield Training School and [Knight] Hospital. Here it treated people with mental illnesses and mental disorders for over 60 years. At the height of it’s use, it housed over 1,800 patients and had over 50 buildings, where most of them were for patient treatment. The school also had a farm, where it was used for occupational therapy and food. 

After years of it’s use, like other hospitals that dealt with mental illness, there were allegations of poor conditions and abuse of patients. After numerous lawsuits and concerns about the conditions of the hospital, the Mansfield Training School shut down in 1993; patients were sent to more modern institutions through out the state. Some of the buildings were torn down, while others have now become a part of the Depot Campus in UCONN. 

The grounds are open to the public, but the buildings themselves are private property and are boarded up to anyone who tries to get inside. All the times that I have visited the Mansfield Training School, there are numerous ways to get inside, sometimes even doors to buildings wide open and not nailed shut what so ever.