Stewart Home for the Feeble Minded

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Stewart Home for the Feeble Minded
Opened 1893
Current Status Active
Building Style Cottage Plan
Location Frankfort, KY
Alternate Names
  • Stewart Home and Training School for Backward Children
  • Stewart Home & School (Current)


Stewart Home & School occupies the historic campus of the old Kentucky Military Institute and its adjoining 850 acres of serene rural farmland in Frankfort, Kentucky. The campus provides a beautiful setting for its current and beautiful purpose. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the school offers a one-of-a-kind community where those with intellectual disabilities are truly appreciated as the people they are.

When Dr. John Quincy Adams Stewart founded Stewart Home & School in 1893 on the campus of his own school, the Kentucky Military Institute, people with intellectual disabilities were often denied an educational opportunity in the public schools. He truly was a pioneer in the field of special education as he set about to institute a school for people of all ages to be given that opportunity. Over its one hundred and twenty-one year history, Stewart Home & School has been owned and directed by five successive generations of the Stewart family. Today, Dr. John Poague Stewart continues the traditions of the school’s remarkable past and extends its dynamic mission into the future. The school continues to provide a campus community for individuals who want to continue to learn and who need a very special educational environment in which to maximize their potential. [1]