Yes! There really was such a thing as a Poorhouse!
It was not just something your parents made up, like a boogeyman, to frighten you into saving your money and spending carefully and to discourage you from making excessive, greedy demands on the family budget.
County Poorhouses dotted the United States throughout most of the 1800s.
To provide a clearinghouse for information about 19th century American Poorhouses for ... history buffs, genealogists, teachers/students, and others with a similar interest.
to make records of all 19th century American Poorhouses accessible for genealogical or historical research
to remove the secrecy which shrouds the poorhouse
to make the history of the poorhouse more well known
to dispel the negative image attached to poorhouse residence
[This] will remind me of the ancestors' requirement of me:
"Tell them that you know of us," they say. I give them my word."
|Renee Kemp, "Appointment in Ghana"
in Modern Maturity Magazine, July-August 2000