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House of Industry (South Boston, Massachusetts) Collection
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Mss 9353 1839-1846 H848
Volume 1

The House of Industry was a poorhouse in South Boston, Massachusetts, that was affiliated with the House of Redemption. During the years that these accounts were kept (from 1839 to 1846), Thomas Seward was the superintendent. The house had a hospital and a school and took in men, women, and children from towns in Massachusetts. The organization fed, clothed, nursed, and schooled the occupants and in some cases helped them move to other parts of the country. Their board was often paid by the town from which they came, but they also earned their keep by producing palm-leaf hats, working in the garden and, at times, laboring outside of the house. The house also acquired income by selling produce from the garden and raising silkworms.

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