A fascinating glimpse into the past, “The Jackson Health Resort: Health For All” is a pictorial marketing brochure originally published in 1916 to entice potential clients. A menu from the July 4, 1916 dinner is included as an addendum to this reprinted edition. Formerly called the Jackson Sanatorium and also called Castle on the HIll by local residents, the former health resort is located in the Genesee Valley region, on a hill 800 feet above Dansville, NY. Founded by Dr. James Caleb Jackson, “…a man of unusual type and talents…”, the Health Resort was a pioneer in alternative medical treatments such as the water cure, baths, and various electrical treatments in vogue during the nineteenth century. While the pamphlet does not cover the history of the Jackson Health Resort, it is a descriptive guide to the services, facilities, and treatments which the resort had to offer in 1916. The black-and-white photographs depict the landscape, architecture, and layout of the facilities, including dining rooms, cottages, greenhouses, chapel, and treatment rooms, as well as many others.
This work, originally published in 1916, is reprinted by Milne Library at the State University of New York College at Geneseo as part of the Genesee Valley Historical Reprints series. The Genesee Valley Historical Collection is Milne Library’s largest and most accessible collection of local history materials. Its geographical scope covers the eight counties surrounding the Genesee River in New York State: Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben and Wyoming. For more information, see: http://go.geneseo.edu/gvhr.