grandparents, Claude and Bessie Collins, ran the county
house in White county somewhere between the years of 1953
and 1955. I remember it very clearly. I am
currently writing a book about this; and I would love to be
able to go back and visit this house and see if it is as
grand as I remember it to be. There was a big staircase
going upstairs and it had at least 3 floors. The grounds were
beautiful. I remember the patients ward was in the back of the
have always wondered about the history of the county house,
who built it and why and how it became the county house.
Although I was happy there, I still
remember a haunting feeling of sadness. If I could only
go back and see and visit that house I am sure it would be a
most rewarding experience. I know there was great sadness
there, and I
feel such empathy with those people. I know there is a
great story waiting to be written about that place and
the brave people -- both those that ran it and those who were
forced to be wards."
from the 1850 Census, WHITE Co.
Reader's Letter containing
list of Residents from the 1910 Census, WHITE Co.
We are hoping to build this
base of information about the poorhouse in xxxxxxx
through the helpful participation of readers. All are requested
to submit items of interest by sending e-mail
to The Poorhouse Lady.