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Machipongo in Northampton County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Northampton County Almshouse At Machipongo

 
 
Northampton County Almshouse At Machipongo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 12, 2017
1. Northampton County Almshouse At Machipongo Marker
Inscription. In colonial times, the Church was responsible for the poor and received public tax money. This policy ended with the founding of the United States and the separation of church and state.

Northampton County opened its almshouse in 1804. It was a brick structure that burned in the 1840's. Replacement buildings had curious names such as "The Indian House," "The Persimmon House" and a place for those with contagious diseases known as "The Pest House." There was a full compliment of farm buildings, including a large barn.

If able, all inmates were expected to work. Some were leased to farmers and others needing manual labor.

The almshouse farm operated during the era of segregation. The white poor lived upstairs in this building, which probably dates to the 1890's, and the almshouse manager and his family lived on the first floor. A new facility for the African Americans was built in 1910.

Electricity was available to the Machipongo area and the almshouse farm by 1914.

The Northampton County Almshouse closed in 1952.
 
Location. 37° 24.268′ N, 75° 54.286′ W. Marker is in Machipongo, Virginia, in Northampton County. Marker can be reached from Young Street west of Lankford Highway (U.S. 13), on the right when
Northampton County Almshouse At Machipongo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 12, 2017
2. Northampton County Almshouse At Machipongo Marker
traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7295 Young St, Machipongo VA 23405, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The African American Almshouse (a few steps from this marker); The Barrier Islands Center (a few steps from this marker); Gristmill Grindstones (within shouting distance of this marker); The Quarter Kitchen (within shouting distance of this marker); Cauldron (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Almshouse Farm at Machipongo (within shouting distance of this marker); Northampton County High School (approx. mile away); Three Northampton Landmarks (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Machipongo.
 
Also see . . .  Barrier Islands Center. (Submitted on August 14, 2017.)
 
Categories. African AmericansAgricultureCharity & Public Work
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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