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Old 01-29-15, 01:42 PM
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Where was the poorhouse?

My grandparents used to speak of the poorhouse. Or poor house. Like, "if you don't work, you'll end up in the poorhouse" - or to that effect.

It's probably a term from the Depression, which they lived through. So I'm wondering, just where was this poorhouse? And how did you get in? Did you have to pay, or did they just let you in if you said you were a pauper?

Also, were there servants to cook your meals and clear your laundry, or did you have to pay for these services?
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Old 01-29-15, 01:55 PM
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It's more a UK Dickensonian thing. But there were state ran institutions for the needy and feeble in parts of the US where there labor was used to keep up the facility.
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See also: Workhouses.

Workhouse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Given the OPs flag flying , This will end up in P&R soon enough, along with all the *** threads

This side of the Atlantic , the Colonies, It was the Ignored part Not in service to the Bellumites..


English Crown Court sentenced People to 'transportation' across the Atlantic ,

but after 1776, they had to ship them all the way to their other colony, Australia.

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Hopefully someone will one day ask "Where was this pain cave I've heard so much about?"
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Nowadays they call them homeless shelters.
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My grandfather grew up in the county poor farm outside of Urbana, Illinois. I think his father administered it for the county: Poorhouse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Originally Posted by stevebiker View Post
My grandparents used to speak of the poorhouse. Or poor house. Like, "if you don't work, you'll end up in the poorhouse" - or to that effect.

It's probably a term from the Depression, which they lived through. So I'm wondering, just where was this poorhouse? And how did you get in? Did you have to pay, or did they just let you in if you said you were a pauper?

Also, were there servants to cook your meals and clear your laundry, or did you have to pay for these services?
Seriously?? What do they teach you in school where you live??


If you're actually serious and not just trying to be funny, read about workhouse (or poorhouse) life here:
Entering and Leaving the Workhouse

Click the links on the sidebar on the left for more info regarding the rules and punishment, daily routine, workhouse food, etc.
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Old 01-29-15, 10:18 PM
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Arkansas had them.

Here's a website on poor houses and poor farms. According to the site, "Poorhouses were tax-supported residential institutions to which people were required to go if they could not support themselves." They were mostly a 19th century affair. The site doesn't have much on Louisiana though.
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Old 01-30-15, 12:02 PM
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In my backpacking/kayaking/mtbing travels across the eastern US I've come across a half dozen or so that were still standing - not in use, but still there. I'm in architecture, with an interest in arch. history, so I keep an eye open.

Seems like they were often called the county work house, where people who were too poor to keep a roof over their heads were given basic shelter, and in exchange they did work for the county. Two of the buildings I've seen were quite impressive buildings, almost up to the 'mansion' level of decor. Others seemed to be very basic buildings, just big frame houses.

Interesting that in those days the support for the poorest seemed to come from the community (the county) and not the state or feds.

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There were also debtor's prisons.
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I think it was said, in the same general category, as "I had to walk sixteen miles to school in blinding snowstorms, when I was your age!"
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