Dorothea Dix Hospital and Bird’s Eye Views

Lunatic Asylym' from Bird's Eye View of Raleigh, 1872

The January 2006 This Month in North Carolina History feature looks at the work of Dorothea Dix in North Carolina and her role in establishing a facility for caring for mentally ill North Carolinians.

The illustration of the hospital shown here is from a “Bird’s Eye View” map of Raleigh from the collections of the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress has digitized a number of these fascinating maps, including ones depicting Asheville, Winston-Salem, Rocky Mount, and Hendersonville.