Franklin County Poor Farm Burials

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Franklin County Poor Farm Burials

Rocky Mount, Franklin County, Virginia, USA Add to Map
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Franklin County, Virginia had Poor Farms or County Farms at various locations at various times. These farms were established for paupers who had no homes and no means of support. These persons would have had very simple burials, sometimes marked with a field stone, sometimes not. This "cemetery" is to memorialize those residents of Poor Farms, the poorest of the poor, who died leaving few other records of their existence.

Brenda Perdue Overholt visited one of the Poor Farm sites. Located on Chestnut Hill Road, the historic site is known as the Joseph Rives Home. The accompanying photos, used with the permission of Brenda Perdue Overholt, give an indication of how poor farms looked and sadly reveal that the former poor farm cemetery is now a corn field.

  • Added: 16 Oct 2016
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