Saturday, August 20, 2011

Taughanic House and Edward Meany TB Sanatorium

Brochure from Taughanic House
Donated to the Ulysses Historical Society

Although I spent my growing up years along Taughannock gorge, I never knew about this hotel that once sat across the gorge about where the falls lookout parking lot is today.  Oral histories given by Trumansburg residents state they remembered the restaurant, and that prizefighters were trained there – Carmen Basillio and Joey Johns were mentioned.  According to the Trumansburg Free Press this building burned down in 1922.

Photo from Ulysses Historical Society newsletter
January 2009
Nor did I ever know that just a mile up the road from our restaurant was a large building, once called the “Cataract Hotel.” The Trumansburg Free Press reported that over the July 4th weekend of 1875, the Cataract House served 962 meals!

Later this building would serve as the Edward Meany TB Sanatorium.  An article in the Ulysses Historical Society January 2009 newsletter provides a concise history of the sanatorium. Dr. Keith Sears, a highly regarded local physician was put in charge of the sanatorium. In 1936 patients were transferred to the newly built Biggs Memorial Hospital near Ithaca, and no one seems to know when the Meany Sanatorium building was demolished after the property came under state control. 

The folks at the Ulysses Historical Society would love any further information on either of these two buildings. 

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