The Montgomery County Poor Farm


Site of the former Montgomery County Poor Farm is now the location of Graham Correctional Center.

Until 1847, the fate of a pauper was settled at a public sale with contracts for his care awarded to individuals submitting the lowest bid. One indigent woman was bound out for twelve years to the lowest bidder. The first regular poor farm was established in Irving township in 1847, but the location was not satisfactory and finally in 1874 the site now occupied by the present county home, two miles south of Hillsboro, was chosen.


(Description written in 1940. The former Montgomery County Poor Farm is now the location of Graham Correctional Center. Little is known about the poor farm. So far I haven't seen a single photo from the site. I think by around 1960 the farm was shut down.)

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Jeff Dunn

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Historical Society of

Montgomery County

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