The Almshouse Farm, Berks County, PA.
Founded 1825? ___ Acres. Occupied
during the Revolution
by General Thomas Mifflin(?) Then known as the Angelica Farm
|Here is a very
of a poorhouse in Berks County!
It is a medal/ribbon of the sort sometimes worn by
people entering livestock or produce into competition at
a county fair. (The link above will take you to a
scanned image. It takes a while to load.)
Note: I discovered this up for sale on eBay on
"Alms House, aka the Poor
house, was established 1824 in Cumru Township. From within Cumru
Township, in 1908 the borough of Shillington was incorporated.
Most, maybe all, of the Alms house found itself within the
Shillington borough limits. So there were not two houses, just
the usual shifting of government boundaries. Today, much of the
land of the Alms house was taken by the Governor Mifflin School
Guy Bierman email@example.com
NOTES FROM READERS:
"Yes, we had a poorhouse in Shillington, Berks
County, Pennsylvania. One of John Updike's books was titled "The Poorhouse
Fair" and describes the farm in much detail. He lived around the corner
from me on Philadelphia Ave. All that remains of the farm today is a stone wall
on the property of the Church of Christ, Philadelphia Ave. Shillington.
I grew up 2 blocks from the poorhouse and on Sunday afternoons
would take my little brother & sister for bike rides down the tree lined
Poorhouse Lane. We'd often stop to feed the pigs our table scraps and watch the
men milking cows late in the afternoon. My father's family resided in one side
of the large stone house on the grounds back in the 20's and "Pappy"
took care of all the machinery...keeping it in repair."
submitted by Dixie Craley ( NANA1NANA@aol.com
The PENNSYLVANIA STATE ARCHIVES
of Poorhouse Records on Microfilm
(Alphabetical by County: BERKS, BUCKS, CHESTER, CUMBERLAND, DAUPHIN,
JUNIATA, LANCASTER, MIFFLIN, MONTGOMERY, WASHINGTON, YORK)
"When searching for a
relative in the 1860 Berks County Census, I noticed the Poor
House in Cumru Township. It begins on p. 176 and goes on. (I'm
not sure how many pages) It begins on image 16, if using
Kathy Fisher firstname.lastname@example.org
|We are hoping to build this
base of information about the poorhouse in BERKS county
through the helpful participation of readers. All are requested
to submit items of interest by sending e-mail
to The Poorhouse Lady.