Moutain Sanitarium

Moutain Sanitarium
Fletcher, NC
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[Fletcher Academy] for many years operated treatment rooms and the Health Cafeteria, the first cafeteria in Asheville. The health work began in a formal way with the building of a “cottage for sanitarium purposes” (from Minutes) in 1915. This was the forerunner of Mountain Sanitarium and Hospital. The hospital facility is used today as a nursing home.

The following undated photographs were contributed by Samantha Litzsinger, found in a scrapbook about Mountain Sanitarium:







Articles and Mentions

  • Adams, S.A. (Feb 4, 1940). Runs unique farm school, sanitarium”  Asheville Citizen Times no page number , found in clippings file at Pack Library in Asheville, NC.
  • Blackwell, C. (June 22, 1969).  “A place of service to mountain people”  Asheville Citizen Times. No date, found in the clippings file of Pack Library, Asheville, NC.
  • Brownsburger, J.F. ( n.d. ).  The story of Fletcher School and Sanitarium, in White, W.C. Sketches of the United Work of Small Schools and Sanitariums, pp 22-27.
  • “Eat at the Good Health Place”  (1921)  Advertisement in the Asheville City Directory, 1921.
  • Fain, J.T. (June 25, 1977) “County has two other hospitals”  The Times of Hendersonville pg 1.
  • Fain, J.T. (1980)  A partial history of Henderson County”  Arno Press, NY324-328.
  • Clayburn, J. (1985) Mountain memories: The story of Mountain Sanitarium and Hospital School of Nursing Collegedale Press, Collegedale TN.
  • Leggett, H.V.  (n.d.) “Mountain Sanitarium”  p10-11.
  • Shaw, L.W. (February 1, 1959).  Mt. Sanitarium is noted health resort.  Asheville Citizen Times no page number- found in clippings file in Pack Lib rary, Asheville, NC.
  • Undated pamphlet, no author “The Mountain Sanitarium and Hospital” in the Appalachian State University archives.
  • White, E.  G. (1905). The ministry of healing.  Found online at
Compiled by: 
Phoebe Pollitt