Oral History -- Brookfield Poor Farm

In 1939, as part of a Works Progress Administration project, an interview was conducted with a woman named Mary Anne Meehan in Brookfield MA.  That interview has been posted on-line in the American Memory collection.  To locate the interview -- which is titled "Irish Cook -- Brookfield", remember to use "Irish Cook" as the exact search  phrase  and click here to get instructions .
In the interview, Mary Anne mentions her memory of the poor farm in Brookfield and how it had been abandoned for a couple of years when a passerby discovered that it was gone -- it had burned to the ground!