Saturday, October 22, 2011

Old Sturbridge Village IV

One thing I learned at this sawmill was how versatile farmers had to be in the 1800s, and how tied they were to the seasons.  Trees were cut down in the late fall, after the harvest was finished.  They were moved to the mill in the winter when the snow and ice made it easier to drag the logs.  Finally, the logs were cut and planed into lumber in the spring when the snow melt provided good water power to operate the mill.



25 comments:

Cindy said...

Interesting how timing was everything to them, if they had a year without much snow it must have been very difficult at the mill. Their survival was at stake. We had some tough (and very smart) ancestors!
I love this series, I haven't been to Sturbridge in a long time, I'd love to go back for a visit.

Kate said...

A great collection of photos about the mill, Jack. Good information, too. Love the weathered wood. The details are terrific. Feels like I'm standing right there looking at the building.

VP said...

I like this place and the old mill is really perfect...

Luis Gomez said...

Those were definitely different times. Really nice place Jack.

Bob Crowe said...

Oh, memories. I think my wife and I visited there about 35 years ago. I wonder if it's changed - in a way, I guess it's not supposed to. By the way, I love II - beautiful Vermeer light.

sheila lynch said...

thanks for the visit to Sturbridge Village, we take so much for granted. I can not imagine central heat, microwave, computer and supermarket! very nice pictures Jack!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Don't you just love that you find out the most interesting facts when you're researching your pictures Jack. This is a lovely old mill, can imagine what a hive of activity it would have been back then.

Sharon said...

Sounds like part of the circle of life!

SRQ said...

Seeing this reminds me of going to an old mill in MI for apples and cider when I was little. Good info about the seasons. I love the ingenuity of the those who lived back in the day. ( I really wonder whether I could have survived.)

Lowell said...

Superb photo! I'm glad I didn't live back then. Things were just too damn hard!

JM said...

I just love this old wooden building! And look at all the colours in this shot. Wonderful, Jack!

Regina K said...

I enjoy reading history like this. Even today farmers life and chores are based on seasons. This is an excellent photo.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I understood about farmers and the seasons for their crops, of course, but did not appreciate about the seasonal nature of their lumbering and mill work.

Now that causes another thought. The term millwork for trimmed lumber, used today in hardware stores. I guess that is what they used to do in the mill.

Thanks for educating me.

Malyss said...

You take a wonderful picture, you learn a lot, and then teach a lot! Even today, farmers are more tied to nature than we are in towns. Maybe not so much anymore.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love the mill and the colors and such a terrific capture, Jack! Such interesting history as well! Great post for the day!! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

cieldequimper said...

Sometimes I wonder if life, for all its hardships, wasn't easier back then. I'm probably very wrong but I like to think that we have complicated a lot to the extreme while trying to simplify things...

Umm, sorry about that. Old wooden mills are rare and this one is a beauty.

RedPat said...

Wonderful mill! Somehow seems to have been a more efficient use of resources in the olden days.

youth_in_asia said...

fascinating. I do love old mills like that one too. Such a great window into history.

EG Wow said...

They really were tied to the seasons, weren't they? Actually, the regional forest near me is cut the came way today. Trees are cut in the fall and dragged out in winter because it's easier over frozen ground. I'm not sure when the logs are cut into lumber though.

Randy said...

Looks like a good photo for a postcard.

Chrissy Brand said...

A great slice of history and a classic photo.

Bruce Clark said...

Very nice fall shot and I love hearing the history behind the scene.

Farmchick said...

People were so much more in tune with the earth/seasons back then. Great structure.

Lynette said...

Altogether, a brilliant post. Thanks, Jack.

Karl said...

Very beautiful this old mill !!