An unlikely bidding war has erupted over a former tuberculosis sanatorium in upstate New York that has been abandoned for nearly half a century, reports Fox News.
In recent days, online haggling for Saratoga County Homestead in Providence has turned fierce, with the highest offer hovering at $42,000 as of Tuesday morning.
The stately Homestead opened its doors in 1936, offering tuberculosis patients refuge in the 100-bed, 31,000 square-foot hospital on 28 woodsy acres, the Times Union reports. Officials hoped sufferers could be healed through exposure to the area’s “mountain air… thought essential to restoring health and well-being.”
The homestead discharged its last patient in 1960, later reopening as the Saratoga County Infirmary before its doors were shuttered permanently in 1973.