American Farm Implements: Tools, Technology & Agricultural Innovation in New England
Sunday October 21 1-3 pm
Maple Hill Barn 117 Ridge Road Hollis NH
Free to the public.
The development of modern day agricultural practices and the introduction of innovative farm technology in the United States began in New England through the pioneering work of farmers who believed in the concept of “intelligent agriculture.” Battling the long held prejudice against what was called “book farming”, or the study of agriculture by reading books and subscribing to farm periodicals in addition to general farm experience, and by sharing information through membership in local farm clubs, men like Thomas Fessenden and Simon Brown, long time Editors of the New England Farmer, helped usher in a new philosophy and approach to farming. They believed that through education, an understanding of the elements of science, better made hand tools and machinery as well as the debunking of old notions such as planting by the moon, that farm productivity and a sound living could be made from agriculture. This program will look at these men, their farm practices, their publications and the tools and equipment they use to change farming in New England in the 19th century.
Biography on John H. Ott
John H. Ott is the former Executive Director of the Scottish Rite Masonic National Heritage Museum and Library, Lexington, MA. The Museum became one of the most innovative museums dealing with exhibitions and research on American history and culture.