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Brick building has unusual history

Built as the Barton County Home circa 1929, this brick building was purchased by Faith Community Church in 1975. Today it houses the parsonage and guest rooms for the church.

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The two-story brick building at the heart of Faith Community Church compound was originally built for the county poor farm. Blueprints dated Oct. 15, 1929, show the official name of the structure was the Barton County Home. Mann and Company, Hutchinson, was the architect.
Pastor Sandy Kennedy said the property had a barn and livestock, chicken house, silo, orchard and garden. The farm had underground cisterns for rainwater collection for use in irrigation.
“It is my understanding that every county in the state was to have or did have a ‘poor farm,’ she said. “It was a kind of welfare ...

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