Florida Poorhouse
the Poorhouse Story

Museum of Seminole History
(formerly the Seminole County Home)
from their website -- see link below

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The following is an excerpt from a U.S. Government REPORT 
summarizing various state poor laws in 1904. .
Click on the link above for more information.

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Museum of Seminole (County) History 

"The museum is housed in a building that locals called "The County Home". It is the only "Old Folks Home", still in existence in Florida. This one of a kind building has become an enduring part of the history of Seminole County. It was constructed in 1926 when the county was only 12 years old!"

[The building was built in 1927 as the "County Home for the Poor", but the locals called it the "Old Folks Home."]


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"I was born in a poorhouse -- no kidding! (Actually, I was born in a hospital, but we were living at the poorhouse.) About 1920, my father was appointed Superintendent of Hillsborough Co., Fla. Poor Farm/Poorhouse/County Farm -- know by all those names.  I had 4 brothers and 1 sister. I came along in 1924. (am now 76). The family lived there until 1932. Our home was a 2 story frame house. There were 3 dormitories. [One for white males, one for black males and a red brick 2-story for females.] Our family moved inside the city limits then. I was 8 years of age.

Yes, there was a (Paupers) cemetery on the property . There were cement markers, about 4" X 8" about 10" high. I do not remember if there were any names. The Hillsborough County Parks Department is now in charge of all cemeteries/records." 

     Frank Gray in Thonotosassa, Fla. fnmig@gate.net 

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"There are over 100 graves in the pauper's cemetery at our Seminole County Home."
     Christine Best [vrbestjr@bellsouth.net] , Sanford, FL

See NOTES FROM READERS section (above) for notes about Hillsborough County poorhouse cemetery.

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We are hoping to build this base of information about poorhouses in FLORIDA through the helpful participation of  readers. All are requested to submit items of interest by sending e-mail to The Poorhouse Lady.

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