As a young man from a low-income family I learned from an early age that if you break it, and can’t fix it, you go without. I guess this is where I get my smarts from. I was never afraid to take things apart and see how they work, repair, change them, etc. My girlfriend even purchased me a shirt that says, “I void warranties”. I don’t know about that. I will admit, I have never run across much that I cannot fix if it ain’t broken. Anyway, what am I getting at here? Well all of this leads me to my love of machines and my trip to Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Steamtown is a Technology Museum and a History Museum combined into
Destination: Jackson Sanatorium
When I was doing research online for this place, everyone was calling it a sanitarium, which is, in case you are unaware is a home/hospital for the mentally ill. I later found out that the true designation for the building affectionately known to the locals of Dansville, NY as “Our Home on The Hillside” was actually a Sanatorium. Which by definition is a combination resort/recreational facility and a medical facility to provide short-term complex rest and medical services.
Recently I had an opportunity to revisit The Lonely Castle. These are the shots that I missed from my first visit. I will try to explain each shot as I go.
One of the first shots that I missed and wanted to get was of a beautifully ornate fireplace on the first floor. The castle once again, was not to disappoint.
One of the reasons I choose to do abandoned site photography is because I love connecting with people and their stories about these old places. Every building or site I visit has a story to tell. That, in part and turn, allows me to write my own stories and share with all you folks. Through these stories, sometimes sad, sometimes joyous, I hope to raise awareness to the fact that we need to preserve these wonderful old buildings and sites. Re-purpose them and allow them to bring enjoyment to generations to come. If we should lose our heritage, we lose who we are.