Saratoga Homestead Sanitorium

The exterior of the Saratoga Homestead. 2019.

The Saratoga Homestead Sanitorium once housed patients who were ravaged with the then epidemic tuberculosis. In 1909 it was ordered by the state legislator that every county build a TB hospital because it was so common at that time. The original Saratoga Homestead was built and opened in December 1914, which would later be replaced in 1932 by the brick building that still stands at that site.

While the property once held many buildings, the only buildings left standing today are the hospital building and the caretaker’s house that sits just beside the building. It is believed that approximately 3,000 deaths occurred at the sanitorium.

After closure of the building as a TB hospital in the early 1960’s the building was re-opened as a nursing home until it’s final closure. The property was recently purchased by a man from Texas who hopes to restore the building and the property.

Interesting fact: The sanitorium is rumored to be haunted and was the subject of the 2018 film The Expedition, which was created by a group of five filmmakers who were investigating the these rumors. It is said that one of the team members, Tom, went missing while filming the movie, however, his existence has yet to be proven.

The Hospital Building

The front entrance of the hospital building. 2019.
The stage in the auditorium of the hospital building. 2019.
A hallway in the men’s wing of the hospital. 2019.
The main staircase in the hospital building. 2019.
The main staircase in the hospital building. 2019.
A hallway in the men’s wing. 2019.
The basement of the hospital building. 2019.
An electrical outlet in the children’s wing. 2019.
Some equipment in the basement of the hospital building. 2019.
Some equipment in the basement of the hospital building. 2019.
The remnants of what was once a lounge in the hospital building. 2019.
The children’s wing. 2019.
Located in the basement of the hospital building. 2019.
Some piping be overtaken by nature in the basement. 2019.
A staircase in the hospital building. 2019.
A solarium in the hospital building. 2019.
A staircase in the hospital building. 2019.
A hallway in the hospital building. 2019.
A hallway into the children’s wing. 2019.
An old door sits inside one of the old patient rooms in the hospital building. 2019.
Looking into the bathroom and adjacent patient room. 2019.
Nature is reclaiming it’s territory. 2019.
A small tree growing in what was once a solarium in the children’s wing. 2019.
The kitchen. 2019.
An old library book. 2019.
A hallway in the hospital building. 2019.
An icicle that attached itself to an electrical cord. 2019.
A light switch in the children’s wing. 2019.

The Caretaker’s House

The caretaker’s house sits next door to the hospital building and once housed the physicians that cared for patients. The home was occupied up until recently and was only abandoned within the last ten years.