Fairmount Children's Home was built in 1876 to provide a temporary home for indigent Ohio children under the age of 16 where they would be provided with physical, mental and moral training until permanent homes could be provided. The orphanage was built on 154 acres of farmland and consists of the main building, five cottages, school, chapel, laundry, detention house, barn, slaughterhouse, boiler house, and other outbuildings.

The farm was mostly self-sustaining, a considerable portion of it was cultivated by the older boys, who were required to assist half of each day. The smaller children cultivated small fruit or helped in the gardens. The boys also cared for a herd of cows that supplied the orphanage with fresh milk & butter. The girls were schooled in needlework and made all of the clothing needed by the inmates. The older girls also assisted in the kitchen, dining room and with the laundry.

In the mid 1970's, after one-hundred years and thousands of orphans, the Fairmount Children's home was closed.

It's rumored the place is haunted, with the sounds of children playing or ghosts whispering 'children.....come out and play'. We've also heard a rumor that Fairmount was a hippie commune in the late 60's, but we found no evidence of this.

Fairmount destroyed by fire on December 9th, 2002
Canton Repository - December 9th article
Canton Repository - December 10th article