The African American Almshouse

The African American Almshouse (HM20RD)

Location: Machipongo, VA 23405 Northampton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 24.269', W 75° 54.275'

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In 1910, a new facility for the African American poor of Northampton County was constructed by contractor David A. Dunton at a cost of $2,436.00 It consisted of a large common room and ten separate rooms for the residents, known as inmates. Each room could be fitted with a small stove. A porch extended along the south facing facade.

Local families often brought food to supplement the rations of the poor. There exists a reference to a birthday party honoring an elderly lady inmate.

Very few inmates, if any, were in residence by the closing of the institution. Today, the African American Almshouse serves the community for meetings and educational purposes.
HM NumberHM20RD
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 14th, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 419941 N 4140128
Decimal Degrees37.40448333, -75.90458333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.269', W 75° 54.275'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 16.14" N, 75° 54' 16.5" W
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Area Code(s)757
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7295 Young St, Machipongo VA 23405, US
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