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Orient, Ohio

Orient, Ohio

Orient is a census-designated place (CDP) and former village in Pickaway County, Ohio, United States. The population was 270 at the 2010 census. Orient is home to the Pickaway Correctional Institution and the Correctional Reception Center.

The Orient State Institute was established as a farm colony in 1898 and operated as a branch of the Columbus State School. The facility had 180 acres, of which 1,358 acres were under cultivation. The school had its own band, orchestra, and choir, weekly movies, religious services and recreation. On July 15, 1926, the Orient facility became an independent unit and in 1937 received patients from various counties in Ohio. This continued until May 15, 1950 when the organization was rejoined under the Columbus State School and became the central receiving area for all feeble minded persons, adult and youth. In 1984 it became the Pickaway Correctional Institution.

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