Knox County Poor Farm

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Knox County Poor Farm
Opened 1875
Closed 1953
Demolished 2015
Current Status Demolished
Location Mt. Vernon, OH
Alternate Names
  • Knox County Infirmary


The Knox County Poorhouse opened is 1875 as a place to house the poor and indigent in that area of Ohio. County homes during this time were a last choice for many. The mentally insane were sometimes left there by families who could not afford proper treatment. Many of the other residents were elderly people who had no other place to go. The county homes were overpopulated with not enough resources or employees to go around. It was later used as the Mount Vernon Bible College, from 1957-1988. For a short period of time following that it was used by the Chapel Hill Golf Course. A fire destroyed the entire building in June 2015.