Cumberland, Maryland (Medical profession and hospitals)
and invalids, offering a retreat where pure air and water, nourishing food and careful nursing would build a person up physically. Special accommodations in the annex were for sick children with their mothers. The sanitarium accommodated, as boarders by the day, friends of the patients. The buildings appeared handsome and the construction was modern. Several rooms had private baths. All rooms were light and airy, with those facing east offering commanding views of unsurpassed beauty, the electric lights of Cumberland presenting a sight never to be forgotten. The sanitarium was lighted by electricity and had telephone connections to Cumberland and long distance stations. An especially attractive feature of the sanitarium building was the wide piazzas or porches where invalids in their rolling chairs could take the air and enjoy the view. In the amusement hall, patients gathered for music, billiards, or any innocent amusement free from restraint of the sanitarium proper. Carriages from the sanitarium met patients at the railroad stations, when they were expected, and conveyed them to the sanitarium. A moderate charge was made for this service. Rates for patients were $25.00 to $40.00 per week, the prices being graded by location of the room. The $40.00 charge was for rooms with private baths. The price of the room included, without extra charge, the services of the resident physician, nursing in a general way, standard medicines and meals served in the room when required. Extra charges were made for special nurses and for special medicines, wines or tonics. Children and their nurses were admitted by special arrangement. Friends of patients were accommodated at rates varying from three to five dollars. This operation continued until 1908. On January 7, 1909, the Wills Mountain Sanitarium was again opened, but this time under Dr. William
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976