The County Farm

The County Farm (HM1E8A)

Location: Goshen, IN 46528 Elkhart County
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N 41° 37.818', W 85° 54.154'

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Ox Bow Park was once the site of the County Farm. The farm provided a residence for those who could not support themselves. Residents helped run the farm, grew food and generated income.

The Elkhart County Farm
The Elkhart County Farm was built in 1886. The facility included the home, two barns, a hog lot, corncrib, implement storage buildings, pastures and agricultural fields. Residents helped with the farm, livestock and garden operations. In return, those living at the home received room, board, medical attention and recreation programs. The home closed in 1977 and was torn down in 1981. A cemetery with unmarked graves is all that remains of the County Farm.

Helping Others Less Fortunate
The County Farm System began in the mid-1800s during the Industrial Revolution. The homes were a safety net for those who had nowhere else to turn. In addition to the poor, the County Farm took in the mentally ill, elderly and orphans.

The idea that it is the responsibility of the government to care for the less fortunate was expressed by the County Farm Program. Today, mental institutions, orphanages, nursing homes and social programs provide the services formerly provided by County Farms.

(Lower Left Photo Caption)
"Some enjoy the quietness of fishing along the Elkhart River just behind the County Home."
Annual Report, Elkhart County Home

(Upper Right Photo Caption)
"Two men help with chores caring for the livestock under supervision of the administrative assistant. During the summer others have helped us with such special events as making hay or harvesting corn."
Annual Report, Elkhart county Home
HM NumberHM1E8A
Placed ByElkhart County Parks
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 7:58am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 591411 N 4609311
Decimal Degrees41.63030000, -85.90256667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 37.818', W 85° 54.154'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 37' 49.08" N, 85° 54' 9.24" W
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Area Code(s)574
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 59533 Spicewood Dr, Goshen IN 46528, US
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