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Institutional Care: From 'Feeble-Minded' to 'Disabled'

Hill Farm, New Gloucester, ca. 1937

Hill Farm, New Gloucester, ca. 1937

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New Gloucester Historical Society

When the Maine School for the Feeble-Minded opened, the "patients" lived at Hill Farm on the New Gloucester property.

As the population of the facility grew rapidly, so did the building of large dormitories.

Gray and Staples halls were the first dorms. Planners had thought residents would live in small units, but that was not practical due to the ever-growing number of residents.