A Sentence Served part 2

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A page entry from the New Castle County Workhouse Discharge Book in 1917

A Sentence Served

The New Castle County Workhouse was created by an act of the legislature in 1899. The workhouse was opened in the fall of 1901 and was located four miles west of Wilmington on a farm with a stone quarry and good water from Red Clay Creek next to Greenbank Station. Within the prison a workshop was set up for the manufacture of men and boys pants. The quarry was enclosed so the men could break stone to macadamize roads. Short term prisoners worked on the farm and women prisoners made and repaired clothing and did laundry.

The discharge book is one of the records that can be found in the New Castle County Workhouse Collection. The collection includes records related to the functioning of the workhouse such as background on each prisoner, physician’s book, receipts, work logs, payments, enrollment and other documents recording day to day activities.