THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOMESPUN Author:Jared Van Wagenen, Jr. American Century Series, 1963. Copyright 1953 by the New York State Historical Association. Illustrated by Erwin H. Austin. Forward by Louis C. Jones, then Director of the NYS Historical Assn. This book was the first to be published under a Dixon Ryan Fox Memorial Fellowship granted by the NYS Historical Assn. — A readable and enjoyable book prov... more »iding as it does very interesting details of what it was like to live and work on a farm in NYS in the 19th century with a bit of philosophical reflection thrown in.
From the Author's Preface: "This book does not profess to be a general history of the pioneer period of New York State. It is rather an effort to collect and put into permanent form some record of the lore and the methods by which our forebears lived upon the land. In [this book]there is far more of memories, traditions, legends, and pioneer folk tales than of severely documented evidence...I have tried to preserve here...the farm life, the household handicrafts, and the rural occupations of that bygone era..."
Chapters: 1)The Homespun Age; 2)The Setting of the Stage; 3)The Pioneer Goes Forward; 4)The Clearing of the Land; 5)The Glorious Ox Team; 6)The Log Home in the Clearing; 7)The Story of a Farm; 8)What Crops Did the Pioneer Grow?; 9)The Crops of the Homespun Age; 10)Meadows and Pastures in Bygone Days; 11)Living off the Wildnerness; 12)The Wooden Age; 13)Joiners and Cabinetmakers; 14)The Old Millstream; 15)Single Shaving and Other Handicrafts in Wood; 16)Wooden Age Occupations; 17)The Sad Story of Silk Production and the Success of Tanning; 18)Workers in Leather; 19)Some Minor Crafts; 20)The Farm Implements of the Homespun Age; 21)The Ways by Which Our Fathers Threshed; 22)The Household Handicrafts; 23)The Golden Fleece; Postscript and Index.
This book was originally a paperback book which was rebound and is now a hardcover.« less