Old Mort Cemetery

Also known as County Farm Cemetery #1, Miami County Poor Farm Cemetery, Poor Farm Cemetery

W County Road 250 S
Peru, Miami County, Indiana, 46970 USA
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The Old Mort Cemetery aka as the County Farm Cemetery was located in the southwest quarter of section 3, township 26, range 4, was purchased for $6,400 as a site for a new county asylum. This tract is located in Washington township, on the old Strawtown road and about a mile south of the city of Peru. On April 2, 1864, the board of commissioners entered into a contract with John Clifton to erect a poor house on the premises and ordered that $350 be paid the said Clifton as part of the contract price of the building. On July 12, 1864, the board accepted the poor house as complete and ordered the payment of $310 as the balance due the contractor.

The building erected at this time served as the county asylum for the poor until July 28, 1877, when a contract was made with Wampler & Clifton to furnish all material (except the brick and stone foundation walls) and erected a poor asylum for the sum of $6,472.78. A barn had been built in 1873 at a cost of $700, and some additions have since been made to the main building, which is a brick structure two stories in height, with a basement, and containing in all forty eight rooms. Besides the barn, the principal out buildings are the washhouse, bakery, milkhouse, carpenter and butcher shops. The kitchen is in the basement of the main building and the dining rooms - one for the men and another for the women - are on the first floor. Recently a small hospital was built for the treatment of certain contagious and infectious diseases. Altogether the county has expended over $20,000 in the establishment of this institution. While this sum is much less than that expended by some of the Indiana counties for a similar purpose. Miami county has a poor asylum that is ample for all demands under normal conditions.

History of Charities and Cemeteries in Miami County, Indiana
From: History of Miami County, Indiana
Edited by: Mr. Arthur L. Bodurtha
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago and New York 1914

Indiana Cemetery Locations, Volume 2, published by the Indiana Genealogical Society (01 April 2006), gives the primary cemetery name as Old Mort Cemetery with alternate names of County Farm Cemetery #1 and Poor Farm Cemetery.
The cemetery is listed in the Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and in the State Historical Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD) with Cemetery Record Number CR-52-107 (Old Mort / County Farm).

GPS Coordinates: 40.72758, -86.07208

  • Added: 9 Apr 2017
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