Connecticut Poorhouse Pictures: New London
The following is an excerpt from a U.S. Government REPORT
summarizing various state poor laws in 1904. .
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note. These extracts are
from an account book of indigents that is housed in the Middlesex County
Historical Society, Middletown, CT.
Though the account book is undated, it covers payments
1860-1866. The ethnic
backgrounds are in parenthesis as it came from the book.
The comments regarding the recipients were copied as is from the
account book and are not the comments of the contributor.
record provides an excellent example of the way the old "out
relief system worked. It makes the situation very real to
regarding the New Haven Poorhouse, submitted by Christopher Barttels.
(from Three Centuries of New Haven)
Dave Mathieson has submitted some historical
notes about early poor relief and the Almshouses (poorhouses) in the City of
Norwich in New London County.
In a reproduction of "Griswold - A History" [New
London County] by Daniel L. Phillips, pub. 1929 ...
there is an entry stating that "In the year 1853 the farm owned by Henry
Bennett, in the Tyler school district, and long known as the Coit homestead, was
purchased at the price of $3,500, and a permanent home for the town's poor was
established". Again Phillips said, " Up to this time the paupers of
Griswold had had no permanent home, but were farmed out from year to year as the
selectmen could make arrangements for them."
NOTES FROM READERS:
"There was a "poor farm" in Hamden, New
Haven County. Hamden is located just north of New Haven and was established
as a separate town in 1786. The poor farm was located in the northern section of
town near the Cheshire line and today is known as Brooksvale farm. I think there
is mention of it in both Hartley's History of Hamden as well as Blake's 1888
edition of The History of Hamden."
"Does anyone know about Connecticut poorhouses and where you
can get information about them? I understand there was one around Hamden
or New Haven Ct. [New Haven County] Thanks."
Kathleen keating firstname.lastname@example.org
"I found a reference to a poorhouse (town farm) in Pomfret, Windham
County, Ct in a document written by my great, great, uncle James H. Sawyer. He
states that the Sawyer farm was sold and became the Town farm or poorhouse
before the civil war. This has been confirmed by my contacts at the Aspinock
Historical Society in Putnam. The house is still on the old farm and is a
working private farm today."
Kathleen Murray [email@example.com
"Apparently, New Haven [New Haven County] had its poor farm on
property purchased from Hamden also in the southern part of town near West Rock.
The building was huge and was torn down in the 1950's. I have a photo I cut out
of the paper. They wanted the poor folks as far away as possible. The area is
where the New Haven Regional Center for the retarded and handicapped and the New
Have Rehab center were. I worked there for quite a few years. Once when I took
my grandmother with me to pick up my check, she said, I did not know that you
worked at the poor farm. I can't promise that I can find the photo but I will
look. I think that the 1900 census lists people who lived there. So,
Hamden had its poor farm way out near Cheshire and New Haven had its way out
near Hamden. Every time I go to Brooksvale Park down that winding road I think
about how it must have been to be walking down there to the poor farm.
at the New Haven Alms house, they raised pigs. I know the other one also had a
farm. Another thought, since the New Haven Alms house was at the base of West
Rock, maybe that is Poor House Mountain."
"Yes, we have transcribed The Killingly Poor Farm records
[Windham County] from 1876 have been transcribed and are
available at the Killingly History Center. The Center is on Main Street in
Danielson, CT. There are information signs directing you to the center once
you get off of interstate 395. Hours right now are Monday and Friday 9-noon,
Wed and Sat 10-400. I did hear the other day that the winter hours are only
Wed and Saturday. Telephone: 860-779-7250. Mailing address: Killingly
Historical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 6000, Danielson, CT 06329."
Marilyn Labbe firstname.lastname@example.org
and Debbie Benedict WzardsLady@aol.com
of Residents of Newtown Poorhouse from the 1850 Census -- Fairfield
of Residents of Old Lyme Town Farm -- from the 1900 Census -- New
Note: This was a town
facility rather than a county facility.)
of Residents of the Salisbury "Town Asylum " (which we believe
to have been a poorhouse)
from the 1860 Census -- Litchfield
re: poorhouse cemetery location, etc. in New London County
We are hoping to build this base of information about poorhouses in CONNECTICUT through the helpful participation of readers. All are requested to submit items of interest by sending e-mail
to The Poorhouse Lady.