The Almshouse was used to house the poor and stood near the current day Equestrian Center along Tollgate Road in Bel Air. Built in 1857 by the Bond Family, it was designed as a working farm (256 acres) and housed those, who due to hard times, debts or other crisis, wound up literally in the poor house. Those who worked off their debt did so under the watchful eye of an overseer who lived in the historic, late 18th century Aquila Scott house just yards away. The Aquila Scott House is still in use today by the Harford County Parks and Recreation Dept. The poor survived by working hard and wearing a scarlet letter “P” on their right shoulders. Slackers could be whipped or given 21 days of hard labor. The Almshouse was finally torn down in 1962. (Courtesy of The Historical Society of Harford County).
The cemetery is across Tollgate Road in a large field and is totally unmarked except for only a few burials. The photograph of the Almshouse is from 1873.
GPS Coordinates: 39.5294, -76.3747
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #81061
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