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fhrjr2's items2 of 37Another piece of Vermont history/Folk Lore1942 Navy induction photo
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    Posted 1 year ago

    fhrjr2
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    The photo is of the Town Farm in Manchester, Vermont. A very important part of any community years ago. Every town had one.

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
      Town Farm's were also called Poor Farms. It was a type of welfare system. The poor folks lived at the farm free. The men worked the fields and barns, took care of animals etc. The women cooked, cleaned, took care of invalids and tended the gardens. The one in the picture is now a bed and breakfast last I knew. A bit of trivia.
    2. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
      Nice photo and history.

      scott
    3. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      That sounds like a good plan....I wonder why we not longer have town farms.
    4. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
      Great photo and lots of history . Thanks for sharing it Fhr and "Save the last dance for me "
    5. hotairfan hotairfan, 1 year ago
      Interesting information that I wasn't aware of. Thank you for posting.
    6. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
      Thanks to all for the loves and comments.

      Manikin you know we will get to that dance.
    7. truthordare truthordare, 1 year ago
      where the men and women segregated? seems the house has two front doors.....

      Great reminder how these situation could be handled with common sense, better than debtor's prison, or the poor house, with nothing to do and nothing to eat or barely. Thanks for posting.
    8. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
      truthordare no they weren't. in fact many were married with children. There were out buildings like little cabins where families usually lived. The main house had a big kitchen and dining area and sitting room and multiple bedrooms. No need to keep men and women apart as it wasn't at all a prison or jail type place. It was simply a place where you could get help and get back on your feet so to speak.
    9. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 1 year ago
      Or in fact "slavery" truthordare, which was probably the more common alternative down here during those days. :-( :-( :-(

      Thanks very much fhrjr2 for showing the photo and providing the extra history behind it. Once more, I've learned something new from simply being a CW member.
      :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
    10. Rambojoe, 9 days ago
      ya we had a poor house/farm in the city I was born in, a lot of people spoke unkindly about it,..who never needed it ,...but come winter the poor and ex vets .. and mental challenge after living in the streets and alleys for the summer they were happy to be put into the farm for the winter,.. warn with a cot and 3 hots ......health care as needed...its still going today ...
      oh ya thought u might like to play with this ,,,'-00 suns out ...later
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