Carroll County AlmshouseThanks to all of you who showed up on March 25 for this program! Presenter Steve Taylor had a calendar mix-up and didn’t make it. He sends his profuse apologies.

This program WILL take place on Wednesday, April 1 (no foolin’) at 7:00.

The Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth has received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to present Steve Taylor and his talk Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00. This program is also sponsored by the Tamworth Historical Society who will provide light refreshments.

From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England’s 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the “vagrant, vicious poor” and the helpless and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state’s towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history.

Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information call the library at 323-8510 or email

Rescheduled – Poor Houses and Town Farms
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