“The Attempt is not made to shelter a number so large that the dispositions and traits of each child cannot be thoroughly studied; their individuality is encouraged and directed toward best development, while at the same time earnest desire and constant effort is made for the general welfare … “
-The Declaration of Principle of Fairview, Circa 1900

The Fairview Home for Friendless Children of Watervliet, NY was an orphanage founded by philanthropist James Barclay Jermain in 1888 and which remained open until 1956 when it was merged into Troy Orphan Asylum (now Vanderheyden Hall).  This orphanage was also a fully working farm.  The children had responsibilities working the land and caring for the animals in producing for their own livelihoods.  It was located just outside the City of Watervliet lines on the West Side of Boght Road.

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