The Athens Asylum – also known as The Ridges – is a highly historical and cherished part of Southeastern Ohio. The Athens Historical Society has announced the 2016 walking tour dates! This is a popular interpretive walking tour that always fills up quickly – so be sure to reserve your spot right away!
ALL ASYLUM TOURS WILL BE HELD ON THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 2:00PM-4:00PM UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
Tours start from the main steps of the Kennedy center located at the top of North Ridge Drive, 100 Ridges Circle is the address for Garmin and navigation tools.
Tickets are $10.00 with an ACHS&M membership or $15.00 each for 12 and over. This is a walking tour and will cover the entire outside loop of the grounds so if you have small children, bring a stroller!
For more information or to purchase tickets, call ACHS&M at 740-592-2280
The new 2016 tour dates are:
October 10th (Extra tours will be added this month, dates to be determined)
George Eberts, an expert on the history of the Athens Asylum or “The Ridges,” will lead an outdoor walking tour of the asylum grounds. The tour will last approximately two hours. Eberts, a former employee of the Athens Asylum, has been giving these tours for several years. George will captivate you with his depth of knowledge as well as tell you the real stories of what life was like for the residents, as well as the employed, at the Asylum.
Hear about the resident Alligator, look at the names left carved into the woodwork and hear the sad tale of the “lost lady.” Your tour guide will fascinate you with how the “Lunatic” Asylum began as well as educate you on the history of mental health and psychiatry that made the Athens Asylum one of the largest in Ohio.
“The Athens Asylum was the largest employer in Athens County for nearly a century,” said ACHS&M member Lynne Newell. “Much of Athens County history is connected to the Athens Asylum. The history of the Athens Asylum – particularly as George tells it – is interesting and exciting.”