Nobody Talks About This Abandoned Sanatorium Decaying In The South Carolina Woods

South Carolina’s history with plagues is no more apparent than it is in the ruins of the long shuttered tuberculosis sanatorium now boarded up, abandoned and decaying in a wooded, vine-covered area of a health complex in Columbia, known as State Park. It was here in 1938 that a new sanatorium opened providing 238 much needed beds for those suffering from the infliction of this condition with no cure. For many, being diagnosed with TB was a death sentence, but at the very least it meant being sentenced to quarantine at one of the state’s scattered “sans,” short for sanatoriums. But even those were often overcrowded and the wait time was insufferably long.

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Were you surprised to learn about this sanatorium in South Carolina? More photos posted in June of this year are available on this unofficial Facebook page for the State Park Health Center. Learn more about the history of TB in the Palmetto State at this link from the SC Tuberculosis Association.

To see other rare photos from the past, check out these photos taken in South Carolina during the Great Depression.