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Verona in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Dane County Home

 
 
Dane County Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 23, 2010
1. Dane County Home Marker
Inscription. Boarding houses and jails, deemed unsatisfactory for the County's "unfortunates", prompted establishment of the Dane County Poor Farm on this site in 1854. A two-story brick structure housed all the disadvantaged until 1883 when an asylum for the mentally ill was built a short distance to the north.

Both facilities added buildings and improvements as resident numbers and requirements increased, including a "Leper House" for infectious diseases, four miles south of the Farm. By 1900 the original 140 acres had increased to 624, providing farm products for the complex. The dairy operation was phased out during the 1960s.

From the original capacity of 80, the hospital/home population grew to nearly 600 by the 1970s. Many residents who died here were buried in the cemetery west of the hospital. The Badger Prairie Health Care Center now offers treatment for 140 county residents with special needs.
 
Erected 1995 by Dane County Historical Society. (Marker Number 31.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Dane County Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 59.621′ N, 89° 30.865′ W. Marker is in Verona, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker can be reached from
Dane County Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 23, 2010
2. Dane County Home Marker
View of the marker with the former asylum mentioned in the marker in the background
County Road PB 0.1 miles from East Verona Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is in the park and ride lot off Old County Road PB. Marker is in this post office area: Verona WI 53593, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Mann House (approx. 2.1 miles away); Illinois Central Depot (approx. 3.2 miles away); Dogtown - Fish Hatchery School (approx. 4.4 miles away); Paoli (approx. 4.5 miles away); Middleton's Beginning (approx. 4.7 miles away); a different marker also named Dogtown - Fish Hatchery School (approx. 4.9 miles away); Swan Pond (approx. 5.2 miles away); Nakoma (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesCharity & Public WorkGovernmentNotable PlacesScience & Medicine
 
Dane County Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, July 23, 2010
3. Dane County Home Marker
View of the marker with one of the complex's remaining farm buildings in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 795 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 24, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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