Stewart Home for the Feeble Minded


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Dr, John Stewart.

Located six miles south of Frankfort Kentucky, the Stewart Home School was founded in 1893 by Dr. John Q. A. Stewart, for whom the school is named. Established on the site of the former Kentucky Military Institute, the school is the nation’s 5th oldest institution of its kind and has been a privately operated, for those in with intellectual disabilities. Since its founding, the Stewart Home has been in continuous operation by five generations of the Stewart Family. Stewart’s mission was to bring self-sufficiency and education to those with mental disabilities that could not be taught in a traditional school setting.

People from all of Kentucky and 29 states have been admitted. Minimum age was 6 and there is no maximum age limit. Patients live in small cottages instead of crowded into several large buildings, as was the case at Frankfort State Hospital. The main Building of the Home was designed by notable Frankfort architect Leo Oberwarth and was placed on the National Historic registry on June 3, 1976.

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Today the institution is still in operation with around 400 living on-campus and sits on 800 acres. Ages range from 13 to 86. Many different programs are available in which to maximize their potential.

Contributed by Phil Tkacz |

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