Joshua Morrison/News Historian Aubrey Brown poses for photos next to the Ohio Historical Connection marker for the Knox County Infirmary on Thursday. In 2015, Brown embarked on a fundraising campaign, with assistance from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County, to have a marker placed at the site near

BANGS — About 40 people showed up Thursday evening for the dedication of an historic marker commemorating the Knox County Infirmary that stood nearby.

Aubrey Brown, a Fredericktown native who became interested in the poorhouse system that grew up in the 19th century in rural Ohio, described how it was the Knox County Infirmary that sparked that interest, which lead her to research not only the infirmary, but the entire system and use it for the theme of her graduate research.

It was not, she said, a place where the unwanted of society could be shut away out of sight, but a place for the poor to get back on their feet, or a place for elderly with no one to care for them, to have a safe place to live.


Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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