The Jackson Health Resort was founded in 1858 by Dr. James Caleb Jackson (1811-1895) in Dansville, New York, overlooking the Genesee Valley. The Resort was based on a water cure or hydropathy treatment which was touted as a successful cure for the treatment of chronic diseases. Dr. Jackson recommended a holistic lifestyle, including a vegetarian diet as part of his treatment plan. In 1929, Bernarr Macfadden assumed ownership of the property and renamed it the Physical Culture Hotel. The building was also known as: Our Home on the Hillside, Castle on the Hill, and Jackson Sanitorium.