Barnstable County Hospital

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Barnstable County Hospital
Closed 1995
Demolished 2003
Current Status Demolished
Building Style Rambling Plan
Alternate Names
  • Barnstable County Sanatorium


Barnstable County Hospital opened as a tuberculosis sanatorium some time in the 1890's.[1] It was built off the shore of Flax Pond in Pocasset, a small town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. The hospital is infamously known for being the location of the autopsies of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, and his sister after their deaths.[2] The hospital closed on May 1st, 1995, but the building was still used by the Hospital Department until 1999. In 2003, an agreement was entered which would allow for the creation of affordable housing on the site of the hospital.[3] The site was completely leveled, with the exception of two buildings.


  1. Lord, Robin (29). "Clinics look for county aid". Barnstable, Massachusetts: Cape Cod Times. Retrieved 06 Nov 2013.
  2. MacQuarrie, Brian (23). "Kennedy, Bessette ashes cast from ship". Aquinnah, Massachusetts: The Boston Globe. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  3. "Ordinances". Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates. 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012.