Landmarks of Monroe County  


Monroe County Infirmary: "Poor Farm"

Over the hill to the poor-house--I can't quite make it clear!

Over the hill to the poor-house--it seems so horrid queer!

Many a step I've taken a-toilin' to and fro,

But this is a sort of journey I never thought to go.

Excerpt from Poem: Over the Hill to the Poorhouse by Will Carleton, 1868

  • County Ward Book 1909-1954, holdings at County Clerk's office
  • Insanity Records, A-R & S-Z, 1884-1944, at County Clerk's office
  • Poor Farm Records, including Nursing Home 1885-1974, County Clerk's office

Links for more information about County Farms and Poor Houses

Part 1: They didn't just die - they disappeared

Part 2: Seeking dignity for the dead

Part 3: The search for family members

Part 4: Poor conditions at poorhouses

Part 5: The worthy vs. the unworthy poor

Part 6: Today's poor - better off?

 Graphics courtesy of Rhiossampler