Alabama Searcy Hospital

Group trying to save mansion at old Alabama hospital

Dec 11, 2016

Historic preservationists are trying to save a building located at a one-time mental hospital in southwestern Alabama.

The Mount Vernon Historic Preservation Society is raising money to restore a mansion at the old Searcy Hospital near Mobile.

The house was built in the late 1800s. It was the home of hospital superintendent E.L. McCafferty in the early 1900s.

The state closed Searcy in 2012. Many of the 19th-century buildings at the site are dilapidated, and the newer 20th-century buildings are dormant.

mh.alabama.gov / Alabama Department of Mental Health

Alabama Department of Mental Health officials say Searcy Hospital in Mount Vernon is expected to close on Oct. 31 and admissions to the south Alabama facility will cease on Sept. 17.

Plans to close Searcy were announced in April. But Mental Health Commissioner Jim Reddoch told hospital employees the closing date Tuesday.

Department officials said the closing is part of a nationwide trend to provide community-based mental health treatment.