Real photo postcard rppc State Sanatorium Rutland Massachusetts Hospital An eBayer wrote saying that: it was a tuberculosis sanatorium, quite large and famous in its day, locally at least.Insane Asylum ?? eddy ware mass. ? Rutland is a town in Worcester County , Massachusetts , United States . The population was 6,353 at the 2000 census. Worcester County's only buffalo herd is located in Rutland, at Alta Vista Farm. Rutland is the geographic center of Massachusetts; a tree, The Central Tree, located on Central Tree Rd. marks the general spot. For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Rutland, please see the article Rutland (CDP) , Massachusetts . The town of Rutland is a residential hill town. Rutland's original lands of about 12 square miles were purchased from natives in Natick's Indian Praying Town in 1686. Frontier hostilities delayed settlement and the land wasn't finally cut up until 1714 when 62 lots of 30 acres each were finally distributed. Settlers in Rutland came from older eastern towns, like Boston, Lexington, Concord and Sudbury. First settled in 1719, the town suffered repeated Indian attacks with thelast death from Indian warfare recorded in 1724. T were about 1,000 people in town in 1765 when a disastrous epidemic of dysentery killed 60 children of the town. The early economy included agriculture and grazing. The first gristmill was built on Mill Brook in 1719 and the town was the one of the earliest in the county to establish a subscription library, before 1796. Three small villages grew up around the water powered mills of the town by 1830 and t was small-scale production of chairs, carriages, and woodenware. A tannery was opened in the 1840s to supply local boot and shoe makers and palm leaf hats were produced in quantity. The town's fresh air and still rural environment drew increasing numbers of visitors and Rutland became a minor recreational and health resort in the 1880s. In 1883 Muschapogue House hotel was built. This development was followed by the building in 1898 of the Massachusetts Hospital for Consumptive and Tubercular Patients, a state prison camp and hospital as well as the opening of a handful of small private TB
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