Jackson Sanatorium "Our Home on the Hillside" (Dansville, New York, US)

Alternate names: Jackson Health Resort, Physical Culture Hotel, Our Home on the Hillside, Dansville Water Cure, Bernarr Mcfadden's Castle on the Hill. The history of the old "castle on the hill" in Dansville NY begins in 1798 when an explosion startled the early settlers of the town, emanating from East Hill. Upon investigation of the quake, a new hole was discovered in the rock that sent water cascading down the slope from an underground spring. "Breakout Creek" as it was named remained just a local curiosity until 1851 when Rochester businessman Nathaniel Bingham learned of this mineral-rich water source. He believed this water had therapeutic properties when applied internally (drinking) and externally (baths and wraps), known then as the Water Cure, or Hydrotherapy - a popular alterna...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.