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Anderson County Poor Farm
Marker Number: 8733
Marker Title: Anderson County Poor Farm
Index Entry: Anderson County Poor Farm
Address: 2.5 mi.S on S. Sycamore Rd. (FM 322)
City: Palestine
County: Anderson
UTM Zone: 15
UTM Easting: 250871
UTM Northing: 3510823
Subject Codes: FM; GY
Year Marker Erected: 1986
Designations: na
Marker Location: about 2.5 mi. south of Palestine on S. Sycamore Rd. (FM 322)
Marker Size: 18" x 28"
Repairs Completed: Good
Marker Text: Although county records show some attempts to care for the poor as early as the 1860s, property for a poor farm was not purchased until 1884. Various buildings were erected, including housing for residents and a caretaker, storage barns, a cotton gin, and a canning operation. A jail building was also in use for convict laborers who worked on the farm and on county roads. The ruins of several wells can still be seen throughout the property. A cemetery containing some 75-100 graves is located near the southern edge of the original farm site. Texas Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986

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