The facility was created by Dr. John F. Bourns. It was visited by Ulysses S. Grant in a campaign to drum up donations. The beginning history of the homestead was prosperous, but after the initial head mistress was replaced by Rosa J. Carmichael, the history of the orphanage took a turn for the worse. Carmichael was a cruel disciplinarian who created a dungeon for disciplining children. This dungeon, along with the stories that accompany it have made the homestead notorious. By 1873, rumors began that Rosa was mistreating and abusing the children at the orphanage. Army of the Republic investigated the orphanage. Rosa was arrested and charged with cruelty to an orphan. She was convicted of aggravated assault and fined $20 plus court costs.
August 31, 2013 Investigators: Beth Rosen, Matt Rosen & Travis Spitzer with guests Will Ishee & Tammy Spitzer
Location Photos: Click to enlarge
Findings: Nothing to report
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