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Preserving the past,

looking toward the future.

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Our Mission

The Johnson County Historic Poor Farm provides a public space for connecting to the land and local history through inclusive, community-led opportunities.

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The Past

Where We've Been

Recognizing and recording the history of the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm.

The Present

Where We Are

Preserving and giving back to the land

and our surrounding communities.

The Future

Where We'll Go

Expansions and upgrades to improve public access and food production.

Our Partners

Partnerships ensure that the farm is co-created as a place that enhances public services to all. Learn more about how more than 30 local organizations have contributed their time and ideas to improve the farm, and find out how you or your organization can be involved.

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Come Visit

Due to the current state of construction, there are limited opportunities for the public to visit the farm at this moment. We anticipate that some construction will be completed by fall 2022 and that the farm can be offered as a space for public events, classes, and programs in spring 2023 at the earliest. 


One way that you can visit the farm in the meantime is by scheduling a tour of the farm’s historic buildings and surrounding areas with the Johnson County Historical Society (JCHS). To schedule a tour, please contact Alexandra McKendree, JCHS Executive Director, at (319) 351-5738 or alexandra@johnsoncountyhistory.org.

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