Official Logo Art of Johnson County Iowa

Welcome to the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm. This historic farmstead was established in 1855 with the intent to house and care for the ‘poor and mentally ill’ by providing individuals with the opportunity to work on a farm and receive medical care on site.

Throughout the years, the Johnson County Supervisors have maintained the farmstead and it is one of the few remaining Poor Farms with existing buildings in the state of Iowa. Through a Master Planning process, the Supervisors have chosen to further preserve the buildings on the site and propel its farming into the present by setting the foundation for a farm incubator model – The New Century Farm.

West Barn of the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm.