Finding Home "Over the Hill"
by Rhoda Amon
The wonderful article above tells the story of the almshouses --
Jones Institute, the Hempstead Town poor farm, and the Suffolk County Farm in
Yaphank -- (in the counties of Queens and Nassau and Suffolk)
"A town poorhouse was erected in 1817 on a farm bought for $900. It
was in use until 1872 when the residents were moved to a county facility in
Yapank. Before 1817, the town farmed out poor persons to 'whomever made the
lowest bid to keep them from starving."
from History of Coram: FOCAL POINT
OF Brookhaven Town FROM 1785 to 1885