Overseers of the Poor

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library / Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

Overseers of the Poor Collection, 77 WFCHS

The Overseers of the Poor was a charitable institution created for the poor and insane people of Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia.  It was in operation from 1793 to the twentieth Century. The collection contains reports of overseers of the poor; finance records, covering 1750-1928; and a scholarly paper on the institution. (1 box) Last updated 08/02.


Claim concerning John Van Nesson and John Nagle, 1847, 1 leaf, manuscript

"Confronting Rural Poverty: The Transformation of Welfare Policy in Frederick County, VA 1750-1820," by Holly Brewer, North Carolina State University, 1995, 21 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Finance County Home Expenses, 1928, ledger book, 1 item, manuscript
Finance Report, 1850, 4 pages, manuscript

Reports, Overseers of the Poor, 1910, 3 leaves, manuscript

See also Virginia Historic Landmarks Collection 1350 for sketch of poorhouse (Winchester), number 34-99