Northern State Hospital history program on July 29

An historic photo of one of the buildings at Northern State Hospital

Photo courtesy of Port of Skagit

EARLY YEARS OF NORTHERN STATE HOSPITAL – When it opened in 1909, Northern State Hospital was a nearly self-sufficient community, with a farm that patients worked.

At times shrouded in mystery after its closure in the early 1970s, Northern State Hospital and its unique history will be revisited during a July 29 public program at the former mental health facility's campus four miles northeast of Sedro-Woolley.

The daylong event (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) invites those attending to share memories, scan photos, take self-guided tours and listen to stories and reminiscences of former employes and family members of Northern State.

The program, billed as a "public history day," is a collaborative project between the Skagit County Historical Museum in La Conner, the Port...

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