Walking Tour of The Ridges’ Grounds

Date(s) - March 19, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Tour the Athens Lunatic Asylum Grounds with a Former Asylum Employee

Led by George Eberts, historian and former staff member of Athens Asylum. Mr. Eberts’s acclaimed tours of the grounds of the former state mental hospital provide insights into the history of mental health, the development of psychiatry, and the experiences of those who lived and worked at the asylum.  The tour will include buildings designed by Frank Packard and another prominent Ohio architect Levi Tucker Scofield, known for his work on a variety of projects such as the Ohio Penitentiary in Mansfield, the Cleveland Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and the “These Are My Jewels” statue on the Ohio Statehouse grounds.

The tour will focus on building exteriors.  Participants who wish to go inside one of the asylum buildings are encouraged to visit the Kennedy Museum of Art before or after the tour.  The Kennedy Museum is housed in the main Kirkbride building (museum hours are 1:00 – 5:00 PM).*  No other spaces or buildings are currently open to the public.


Meeting Time and Location

Meet at main steps of Kennedy Art Museum, 100 Ridges Circle, Athens, Ohio. Free parking is available in lots next to museum.

The tour will take place largely on paved or bricked roadways. All stops on the tour are accessible although some surfaces are uneven and the terrain is hilly in places.

Reservation Information

Space is limited for this tour. Advance tickets are $10 for each tour or $15 for both this tour and the Walking Tour of Frank Packard Buildings. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Athens County Historical Society and Museum at 740-592-2280 during business hours (Tuesday–Saturday from 12:00 PM -4:00 PM). Pending availability, tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour. Day of tour tickets are $15 for each tour or $25 for both. Only cash will be accepted for day of tour tickets. In case of inclement weather, call 740-592-2280 for information regarding cancellation.

This tour is part of the Athens Ohio Architectural Treasures Day, which is presented by the Athens County Historical Society and Preservation Athens. Architectural Treasures Day is a celebration of the remarkable architectural heritage of Athens Ohio and will feature two walking tours on Saturday, March 19. One tour will focus on Frank Packard buildings and the other on the former Athens Asylum. Both tours will be led by historians who are experts on the heritage of the building collections.

Contact the Athens County Historical Society for more information.

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