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Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Poor Farm Sesquicentennial Celebration

Poor Farm Sesquicentennial Celebration

October 1, 11am-5pm | Eastmanville Farm County Park

Admission to this event is free.

When the Ottawa County Poor Farm received its first resident in 1866, no one could have imagined the benefits it would provide over the decades. The Poor Farm was a haven for indigent people who, due to the happenstance of birth, misfortune, or poverty, were in dire straits and needed a place to call home—a sanctuary staffed with people who could nurse them to better health. Now, as Eastmanville Farm, it provides hiking and equestrian trails to outdoor enthusiasts.

Celebrate the rich history of the Poor Farm on Saturday, October 1 from 11 am-5 pm. That day you can expect historical re-enactors, local musicians, and exhibits honoring the residents and workers.

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See the schedule below. This event is family-friendly and admission is free.

Please Note: The authentic 1899 dinner hosted by the Tri-Cities Historical Museum is sold out.

Poor Farm Sesquicentennial Celebration Events