As the understanding of medicine and health evolved over time there were many examples in New York State of communities whose location was thought to have healing properties, most often because of the existence of springs or some other perceived environmental benefit.
The most famous is Saratoga Springs, but there are others around NYS, including Pitcher Springs in Chenango County. These locations flourished in the 19th century as people began to look to them not only as places of healing, but as places of high society and entertainment.
On the latest episode of A New York Minute in History, New York State Historian Devin Lander delves into the public health industry that emerged in New York in the 19th century.
A New York Minute In History is a podcast about the history of New York and the unique tales of New Yorkers. It is hosted by Lander and Don Wildman and produced by Jim Levulis. The podcast is a production of the New York State Museum, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media.
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