Wassaic State Hospital, long abandoned, adorns the east side of Rts 22/55 at Wingdale. It was, as we so elegantly termed it, “The Bug House”. As a hospital it did distressingly few cures and was mainly a place to park unwanted family members and the mildly troublesome members of society. Some ‘inmates” were considered healthy enough to be allowed to do day work outside the confines of the joint.
A speculator bought the property from the State a few years ago and has, from time to time, announced grandiose plans for its re-development. In fact, this Sunday’s Poughkeepsie Journal had another front page story about how it will be developed – you betcha!!
Well, at least the place was able to serve as affordable housing for the servants of the likes of Lowell Thomas, Norman Vincent Peale, Governor Tom Dewey, the famously super-rich Hoffmans, and other well-to-do New Yorkers living in Pawling, which is still a charming wealthy Republican community to this day.