Farm Life

Life on the land, farm shows, lessons from the past and more

Frontier Life and the Good Old Days

By Sam Moore

A writer gives a glimpse of frontier life in the 1800s, which included homemade clothing, wild festivities during Christmas, and 10 cents for an almanac.


The Wheat Tractor

By Sam Moore

The Wheat tractor, manufactured by the Hession Tiller & Tractor Corporation, was advertised by its company as "the farm tractor by which all other tractors are judged."


Welsh Horses: “Ceffylau Cymraeg”

By Josephine Roberts

The Welsh Cob was bred to be the perfect all-’rounder, capable of being ridden at speed across rough ground.


A Door to the Past

By Clell G. Ballard

Doors on outbuildings on farms evolved to meet changing needs, such as the necessity to house tractors and other expensive equipment.


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Butter and the King's Breakfast

By Sam Moore

Sam Moore shares a poem from an old children's book about a king and butter for his bread, and also gives a brief history of the Alderney cow, "the best butter cow in the world."


Singing Those Old Washday Blues

By Sam Moore

Letters sent in to Pennsylvania Farmer magazine in 1927 tell how electric washers eliminated much of the labor of washday for housewives.


Housekeeping Advice for Virginia Housewives

By Sam Moore

An introduction to a regional cookbook called The Virginia Housewife by Mary Randolph gives insight into the duties of the mistress of a plantation before the Civil War.


Women and Tractors on the Farm

By Clell G. Ballard

Farm wives were quick to realize the benefits of new technology that alleviated some of the hard work, worry and fatigue on their husbands and work stock.



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