The Homestead was opened in 1914 and treated patients for tuberculosis until 1960. The original building was wood, but was replaced by the brick building that stands today in 1932. The institution reopened in 1961 as The Saratoga County Infirmary. Other reports claim that it was turned into a Retirement Home.
An incomprehensive list of patients who died while in the care of the sanitarium can be found at: http://saratoganygenweb.com/BurkFH3a.htm
Many people who have visited this place claim that the things left behind (beds, books, kitchen supplies, medical supplies) and abandoned point the possibility that this building was shut down suddenly. However, if this was in fact reopened as the Saratoga County Infirmary, then the left behind items would not be related to the Sanitarium.
While there is no documentation that has been found by interested parties and paranormal activity hunters, the building still stands. Thrill seekers have often traveled to this building in the hopes of capturing some ghostly activity.
Famous quotes containing the words homestead and/or county:
“These Flemish pictures of old days;
Sit with me by the homestead hearth,
And stretch the hands of memory forth
To warm them at the wood-fires blaze!”
—John Greenleaf Whittier (18071892)
“It would astonish if not amuse, the older citizens of your County who twelve years ago knew me a stranger, friendless, uneducated, penniless boy, working on a flat boatat ten dollars per month to learn that I have been put down here as the candidate of pride, wealth, and aristocratic family distinction.”
—Abraham Lincoln (18091865)