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Sturbridge in Worcester County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Freeman Farm

 
 
Freeman Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
1. Freeman Farm Marker
Inscription.

This is the homelot of the Pliny Freeman Farm, with dwelling house, barn, and other outbuildings, kitchen garden, and farm fields.
The Freeman family's house was moved here from its original location just a few miles away.

A typical farm was about 80 acres. About a third was pasture — grazing land for animals. Another third was "mowing" or hay fields. Farmers cut grasses for hay in the summer and fed livestock with it through the winter. About 10% was planted with field crops — corn, rye, oats, potatoes, and sometimes barley or buckwheat. Most farms included an orchard that produced apples for eating and for cider. Some land was kept as a woodlot, where trees were harvested for firewood, fencing, and lumber.

Fences
At the Freeman Farm you can see post and rail fences to control livestock and a much tighter board fence around the garden to keep out smaller animals. Surrounded by an ornamental picket fence at the front of the house is the dooryard, where roses or lilacs were often planted. Freeman family letters reveal that they built a dooryard fence for the first time in 1840.

[Photo captions read]
(LEFT) Plowing with two yokes of oxen

(LEFT MIDDLE) Harvesting corn at the Freeman Farm

(LEFT RIGHT) Most New England farmers raised pigs, feeding them on kitchen

Freeman Farm House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
2. Freeman Farm House and Marker
Note picket fence surrounding the dooryard
scraps and the skim milk and whey left over from making butter and cheese.
 
Erected by Old Sturbridge Village.
 
Location. 42° 6.232′ N, 72° 5.777′ W. Marker is in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Touch for map. Marker and farm are on the Old Sturbridge Village grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge MA 01566, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Smokehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Pasture Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); An Open Landscape (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brooks Pottery Kiln (about 600 feet away); Millstones (about 600 feet away); Today we see a different view. (about 800 feet away); Controlling Livestock: The Town Pound (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Graveyard (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sturbridge.
 
Also see . . .  Freeman Farm at Old Sturbridge Village. (Submitted on June 18, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Freeman Farm Outbuildings and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
3. Freeman Farm Outbuildings and Marker
Freeman Farm Garden Board Fence image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
4. Freeman Farm Garden Board Fence
Fence Rail Splitting at Freeman Farm image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
5. Fence Rail Splitting at Freeman Farm
Freeman Farmhouse image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
6. Freeman Farmhouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 18, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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