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Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers:
Presented at the Meredith Historical Society, 45 Main Street. 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. Sponsored by the NH Humanities Council, The Friends of the Meredith Library and the Meredith Historical Society. Light refreshments served.
Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00AM. Different topics are discussed each month with time for questions. Open to all experience levels.
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Take A Hike!
Maps to local trails:
Historic Meredith Village
Meredith Community Forest
Hamlin-Eames-Smyth Recreation and Conservation Area
Page Pond & Forest
Meredith Village Pathways
Belknap Range and Mt. Major