Monday, March 28, 2016

A Hundred Years Ago on the Edge of Hudson

The Hudson Correctional Facility is at the moment undergoing a transformation from a medium security prison for male inmates only to a facility for 16- and 17-year-old offenders, both male and female. This is just the latest in a series of transitions that the facility has seen.

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The central buildings were originally constructed to house the Women's House of Refuge, which opened in 1887. In 1904, the institution became the New York State Training School for Girls. The training school closed in 1975, and the next year, 1976, the buildings became the Hudson Correctional Facility.

Courtesy Columbia County Historical Society

On March 25, 1916--almost exactly one hundred years ago--an article appeared on the front page of the Hudson Evening Register that reported about a proposed expansion of New York State Training School for Girls twelve years after it was established. The report speaks about the girls who were sent to the training school and the school's mission for them.



The expansion of the Girls Training School also included the acquisition of property: the estate then known as Glenwood and now known as the Dr. Oliver Bronson House.


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