Historical Society To Feature TB Sanatorium Book


Share post:

- Advertisement -spot_img

Hilltop-Sanatorium1Founded in 1907, the Essex Mountain Sanatorium high on the hilltop above Verona grew to become one of the finest tuberculosis treatment centers in the nation, expanding into a complex of 20 buildings that encompassed nearly 300 acres.

Author Richard A. Kennedy, an amateur historian and past explorer of the 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. In his work, Kennedy has captured the true essence of the sanatorium—its buildings and its people in a book, Essex Mountain Sanatorium. Although the buildings no longer stand, with this timeless tribute its proud and shining story will not be forgotten.

On Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Library, the Cedar Grove Historical Society is proud to host Kennedy and his book on the sanatorium, which will be available for sale. Kennedy will present on the history of the institution and the lure that enticed him and so many others to explore it in the years shortly before its demolition. He will talk about his many interesting finds and, among other details, mention the tunnel system that connected some of the buildings–some of which are thought to still survive and the legend of the tunnels connecting the penitentiary to the west with Overbrook to the east. ( wrote about Kennedy’s book when it was published last year; read “When Verona Cured Tuberculosis”.)

- Advertisement -

Image reprinted with permission from “Essex Mountain Sanatorium”, by Richard A. Kennedy. Available from the publisher, Arcadia Publishing online at or by calling 888-313-2665. You can also buy it through or Barnes & Noble


Print Friendly, PDF & Email


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related articles

First Responders Rescue Trapped Driver

Verona's first responders were quick to the scene early Sunday morning after a Bloomfield Avenue crash left a...

Fogarty Breaks College Pole Vault Record

Owen Fogarty, a 2020 graduate of Verona High School, now competes in pole vault at Montclair State University...

Spelling Bee Makes Triumphant Return

A-C-C-E-S-S. That was the winning word for F.N. Brown Elementary fourth grader Mia Fricke, who claimed top honors...

Real Estate: 4 New Listings, 1 Open House, 0 Price Changes

There are four new listings in Verona this weekend, but two of them are next to each other...
error: Content is protected !!