Stop 13: Julaine Farrow Museum
The Julaine Farrow Museum holds artifacts related to the Winnebago State Hospital. It’s located in the Medical Superintendent’s house on the property of the hospital (now the Winnebago Mental Health Institute) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The Museum is only open for a few hours on Thursdays. It was packed! I actually found it really interesting to see who was viewing the collection: two separate groups of medical students, a past employee and her family, and a family from the community.
The Museum consists of two floors of artifacts and photos. The main floor is set up with various collections and pieces of furniture spread out throughout the rooms while the second floor is more “themed”. The rooms upstairs include a surgery room, hydrotherapy treatments (pictured top), the Medical Superintendent’s bedroom, and a pharmacy.
Even though it was crowded I did get a chance to speak with the tour guide, Paul Janty, and buy a copy of the history book: turned out that Mr. Janty was the author so he signed my copy 🙂
On the way out of town I stopped by Asylum Point Park on Asylum Bay (pictured left). I had noticed on Google maps beforehand that the water surrounding the area is called “North Asylum Bay” and “South Asylum Bay” so I figured it was worth a stop. The cemetery was also supposed to be in the area but I never did find it (much of the area is an environmental preserve so I didn’t think it would be a good idea to go looking off the main road). I have to figure out why the park and bays have “Asylum” in their title – I thought the institution had the title “Hospital” from its opening in 1873 so it seems odd?