Journey to County Poorhouses

This blog shares reflections of my visits to each county poorhouse site and burial ground as I travel across New York State.

Schoharie County

On Top of the Hill If you ever roamed along State Route 145 in Middleburgh, then you already know the building. You can’t miss it. The two-story, red-brick structure lies perched at the top of the hill adorned with a golden cupola and Orthodox cross. The front entryway has a white rooftop shading the stone…

St Lawrence County

On the Banks of the Grasse River May 2021 It was no ordinary picnic. For one thing, I had to drive over four hours to get there. For another, I was going to be seated among those living and those who had left us long ago.  

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