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This article investigates the nature of orphanages in colonial North Carolina using Edgecombe County as a case study. A prominent issue was the lack of close supervision of guardians who often embezzled from orphans' estates or neglected orphans' educations. In other cases, orphans had no estates and were apprenticed to masters to learn a trade. While there were advantages to those orphans who had estates, treatment of the children varied with the guardian or master.