Famed ‘haunted hospital’ back on market


PROVIDENCE — The Saratoga County Homestead, the long-abandoned tuberculosis hospital, is up for sale again.

“Two years of COVID and travel restrictions rained on my plans and some changes in my personal life have made it not something I can work on for the next couple of years,” Walk wrote in an email to the Times Union. “So I would prefer to see it go to someone that is more local and able to give it the care it deserves.”

Walk, who hails from Texas, bought the property at auction from the county for $55,100 in 2019. At the time, he said he planned “to restore the buildings and reopen them to the public as a combination living museum and veterans retreat.” 

Walk also said he would use the facility to support his nonprofit for veterans and first responders, VFR Community Outreach Corp., based in Corinth, Texas.

In recent years, Walk has allowed South Glens Falls Paranormal Society to offer regular tours through the hospital that is fabled as the “haunted hospital,” a tale stoked by the 2004 Canadian horror film “The Expedition,” which involves a film crew exploring The Homestead on a Halloween night.

“I’m hoping a new buyer will also continue to offer history and tours with Steve Brodt who has been managing the site for me,” Walk wrote to the Times Union.

The Homestead, which sits on 28.61 acres, had a much different reputation when it opened in 1936. Dubbed a “refuge for consumption,” the 100-bed brick sanatorium was adorned with decorative moldings and marble columns in an expansive foyer.  Left vacant since 1973, it is now in a bad state of health.

At the time of its 2019 sale, its two buildings, the caretaker’s home and the 31,000-square foot hospital, had missing doors, broken windows, stripped fixtures and walls sprayed with graffiti by vandals who are drawn to its haunted lore. The roof of the hospital is also caved in, and its once-stately brick facade is overgrown with vines.

Walk bought the property after it ended up back in the hands of Saratoga County when its Florida-based owner neglected to pay the property taxes, which at the time of its 2019 sale were $60,000. Walk was the highest bidder in the county auction.



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