Category Archives: Agriculture

Country fairs

Many of New England’s country fairs were established in the 19th century by agricultural societies, and though they now do offer fried dough and rides on the Tilt-a-Whirl and opportunities to win a SpongeBob Squarepants doll by tossing darts at … Continue reading

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Apple farms

Apples were historically grown all over New England, both for eating and more importantly for making hard cider. Most farms had at least a few apple trees, though they wouldn’t necessarily have their own cider mill–farmers would cart their apples … Continue reading

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Maple farms

Once upon a time, almost every farm in New England had a small sugarbush–that is, a grove of sugar maples that were kept as a source of sap to be boiled down into syrup and sugar. The old wooden buckets … Continue reading

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Town pounds

These structures, usually consisting of four low walls either of fieldstone or of rough-cut granite, were built as a temporary holding place for any livestock that escaped from their owners. In order to reclaim the pig or cow in question, … Continue reading

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