The County Home, formerly known as the” Poor House” and the home for the aged and infirm, was built near Bell’s Fork, on the old New Bern-Greenville Road (now County Home Road). It served for (good and bad) as the boarding place for the aged, destitute, homeless, drunkards, senile and sickly, long before social programs could help these people. The first Pitt County Poor House was built in 1828 on land purchased from John Cherry. Conditions were very poor until after 1885. In 1917, a new County Home complex was built on the original site. The County closed the Pitt County Home in 1965 and it was then used to store Civil Defense supplies.