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Scott County Home (72.2002.2)
Scottsburg
Scott County, Indiana

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Scott County Home, Scottsburg, marker dedication ceremony, May 11, 2002.

Scott County Home, Scottsburg, marker dedication ceremony, May 11, 2002.

Scott County Home, Scottsburg, marker dedication ceremony, May 11, 2002.

Scott County Home, Scottsburg, marker dedication ceremony, May 11, 2002. Marker text:

Indiana law in 1831 authorized counties to establish institutions to support and accommodate the poor, carrying out 1816 Constitution provision. First Scott County home built 1861 north of Lexington; closed 1879. County home moved here to frame house on 180 acres. Residents of such asylums could farm and help support the facilities.

This brick structure replaced the frame house in 1892. Over time, acreage was reduced. Structure ceased to function as county home 1973. Scott County public services and government offices located here until 1995. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 2000. Property named home of Scott County Heritage Center and Museum 2001.

Page from Scott County Commissioners Court March term 1892, Thursday, March 10th. The commissioners contracted to build the poor asylum.