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.
Robin Jarvis is a travel and entertainment writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She spent more than two decades living on the coast in South Carolina and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina - although she still makes it back to see family in South Carolina quite often. When she's not working, she loves to hike, kayak, and check out new adventures. Get in touch at [email protected]
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