poor farm

noun

Definition of poor farm 

: a farm maintained at public expense for the support and employment of needy persons

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The poor farm stayed in that location until 1881, when an arsonist burned down the building. Jess Cohen, Post-Tribune, "Knox County looks to save poor farm site dating to 1880s," 18 May 2018 And one of the buildings featured on its Historic Preservation Month posters is Knox County's own poor farm. Jess Cohen, Post-Tribune, "Knox County looks to save poor farm site dating to 1880s," 18 May 2018 When Indiana became a state in 1816, the constitution contained a provision for counties to establish poor farms, but nothing was mandated. Jess Cohen, Post-Tribune, "Knox County looks to save poor farm site dating to 1880s," 18 May 2018 Both the Union and Evening Tribune report the death of the town dog, Bum, age 11 years, at the county poor farm. Merrie Monteagudo, sandiegouniontribune.com, "History in headlines," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of poor farm

1852, in the meaning defined above

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