In 1905, a man named Mr.Carpentier, gave his fathers homestead to Saratoga county hoping it would be used as a Tuberculosis Sanatorium and when he passed away he left millions of dollars for Homestead in his will. It opened in 1914 for TB, until 1960 when it reopened as a Infirmary. The first building could only accommodate two dozen people. They rebuilt the building in 1936 which could hold 100 patients, and was very fancy for a hospital at the time, with marble, large windows, a theater, a library and a big foyer. Unlike many sanatoriums, the patients were very well cared for, they had regular meals, observed exercise, and 9 pm bedtime. Some activities they would do was go onto sunny porches when it was war, and sometimes went topless "to get sun into their lungs", they also had a theater with movies that were shown every night, a library, a play ground and a garden. In 1980 the building was sold to a man who wanted to make it into a health care facility but he never did anything with it and it sat abandoned. Homestead is said to be very haunted, and in 2006 a movie was released called "The Expedition". 5 film makers went to Homestead on halloween in 2004 and one film member went missing that night. The film makers claim to start hearing "classical music, jazz music and voices and laughter". They also claim "a shadowy figure appeared and told them to leave".
One of my sources says
"Today, the building still stands abandoned and fenced for protection from intruders. A caretaker lives next door who will call the police if you go beyond that fence for your own personal use."
But when I went last summer, I didn't have any problems and nobody said anything to me and the fences were wrecked and mostly laying on the ground.
Sources/ Historical photos: