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Product Details

  • Series: Images of America
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing; 1 edition (August 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738599441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738599441
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author Richard A Kennedy, an amateur historian and past explorer of Essex Mountain Sanatorium, has amassed a collection of photographs culled from libraries, historical societies, and private collections to pay a final, lasting tribute to this once grand institution, which is now lost to time.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne G. Stires on August 22, 2013
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Bravo Richard Kennedy. Fascinating account of the disease TB, its sufferers and a communities' response to the crushing need it presented. A must read for residents of Essex County, its medical, as well as many in its courageous political community, and for those who are uplifted by positive human endeavor. I still ask, how could such a magnificent complex, built by the enormous, hard labor of many, have been simply let go to ruin? That said, I happily accept the upland meadow of grasses and wildflowers that now occupy the site, still offering respite to many by the way. A fitting replacement!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By christine destefano on August 13, 2013
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For years, I only knew of the Essex County Sanatorium as stately ruins with a long history to tell. The dialogue to the historical pictorial account was amazing! I would love to see something else by Richard A Kennedy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hidinginshadows on September 3, 2013
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Great job Rich! I read it cover to cover, couldnt put it down. What a beautifull tribute to an incredible place that helped so many people. We discovered it after its heyday, perhaps we discovered the Essex Mountain Sanatorium during its swan song, but that didnt matter to us, or a thousand other explorers!
I know it helped me though, those cold, dark, abandoned buildings offered me a refuge from a world that I didnt quite understand at the time. They also transformed me into the man I am today!
I cant thank you enough Rich for this book, it brought back so many memories. Memories of a time when we were young, when we had our whole lives ahead of us, memories of our since lost youth.
This book also gives a face, and a voice to the silent victims of Tuberculosis who died there, and to the thousands who were saved! -HIDINGINSHADOWS
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This book tells the story of Essex Mountain Sanitorium in Verona, Essex County, New Jersey. Like other sanitoriums, they no longer exist in our world.

By reading this book, you see the history of the place as more than just a massive hospital but a community that lasted for decades until it closed.

The black and white photographs shows the history of the Sanitorium from its beginnings as a reform school to a center for tuberculosis patients and later for mentally ill patients.

The place was massive with large buildings, employee housing, and landscaped grounds. This place employees and served thousands.

This book does a superb job in recounting the history past, present, and current state as park land.
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I lead various hiking groups through the Hilltop area and picked this book up in order to have a little history to talk about as we hike through the area. This book was great and gives a lot of information and has great pictures to help tell the story. It was exactly what I was looking for and very interesting.
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