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Wellington County Cemetery, Wellington County , ON

Street Address: next to 552 Wellington County Rd 18
Community: Fergus
Township: Nichol Township (Concession 13, Lot 23)
Locality: Wellington County
Municipality: Centre Wellington
Province: ON
GPS: 43.691380,-80.396045

Registered to County of Wellington. No entrance from the road. Accessible from the Trestle Bridge Walking Trail.

From plaques on site: "Between 1877 and 1947, over 1500 destitute men, women and children sought refuge at the Wellington County House of Industry and Refuge, or the 'Poorhouse' as everyone called it. Built as an industrial Farm, the site included a sixty bed house, thirty acres of crops and a barn for livestock. Many of the inmates were admitted because of their poor health or advanced age and had no one to care for them. Within weeks of the first admissions to the Poorhouse in late 1877, an inmate died and a County by-law designated a burial ground for 'the pauper inmates whose friends do not claim their bodies.' The one-acre cemetery was laid out in rows with wooden crosses marking the graves. A fence around the perimeter kept out livestock. More than 270 men, women and children are buried here. Their names, ages, death dates and the area of the County in which they lived have been paced on plaques in the cemetery.

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