This website is humbly dedicated to the individuals who once roamed the halls of the Knox County Infirmary. The directors, the superintendents, the matrons, the staff, but above all, the forgotten "inmates," so called because of the social stigma attached to the poor, disabled, elderly, and other unfortunates of society.
It is my goal to dispel the many misconceptions surrounding the Knox County Infirmary, and through this institution to provide insight to the American poorhouse system as applied in rural communities throughout central Ohio. There are countless tales of cruelty and deceit, only some of which are true, and few of the good deeds and genuine care that surrounded the institution. I will bare all, sharing the good alongside the bad, the lighthearted against the grim.
All of the information contained within this website is the result of original research. Though I have tried to analyze the limited resources that are available for this institution with an open, objective mind, I am only human. Criticism is welcome, but I ask that it is done with courtesy and respect. I also ask that my work be credited and properly cited if used elsewhere. Media contained in this website is NOT for public use. Please contact me or the holders of the original material prior to redistribution.
This is a work in progress; I do not claim to know all. Too little has been written about the American poorhouse system in general, and insufficient records remain concerning the Knox County Infirmary. The articles will be updated/altered as new information and insight becomes available, so please check back often for updates!
Aubrey E. Brown
Knox County Infirmary Historian