I drove past Wahjamega several times on my way to Caro, I never really stopped to look at it, but I did today and got a few pics from the parking lot. I did not want to wonder around to much since the state still uses some of the buildings and I figure they would not like me roaming around the complex.
I did a little research on the internets and found out some more info.
The name Wahjamega is an acronym from the initials of three partners who operated a sawmill here: William A Heartt, James A. Montgomery, and Edgar George Avery.
In 1914 a Farm Colony for Epileptics was Established by the state and was devoted to the treatment of epilepsy. Much of the original population of the facility was moved from the overcrowded Lapeer State Home for Epileptics. This facility gained some fame later on as it was one of several facilities that was involved in forced sterilizations that took place under Michigan laws from 1914 to the mid 1960’s. The facility has operated under several names over the years and a portion of it is currently still in operation as the Caro Regional Mental Health Center.
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