New Hampshire January 05, 2017
There’s Something Special About These 10 New Hampshire Farms From The Past
Despite the rolling mountains and rocky soil, New Hampshire has been a farm state since it was settled way back in the 1600s. Although there are fewer farms today, New Hampshire residents still love agriculture. These photos of New Hampshire farms from the past will show you what life used to be like when the Granite State was a bit simpler.
1. On this Franconia farm, women wore the pants in 1939.
2. This farm in Grafton was simply stunning blanketed in freshly-fallen snow during the winter of 1940.
3. You still see many New Hampshire residents splitting and stacking wood for fuel today, but in the 1930s, the work was much harder, starting with felling the trees.
4. Be sure to brush off your boots before coming in to dinner! This farmer in Franconia in 1939 knows just what to do.
5. Despite the winter snow, there are still some tiny lambs in this flock from the 1930s.
6. By 1936, summer residents were coming to stay in old farm houses that had been converted, like this one in Hancock.
7. The farming landscape near Hanover looks much the same today as it did in this 1941 picture.
8. This Franconia farmer diversified his income by installing a ski tow on the hill behind his farm house. By 1940, a few years after installing it, he was breaking even on the $1,000 cost of setting it up.
9. This massive barn in Sugar Hill remained operational all winter long, despite the high snow drifts.
10. In 1943, this farmer's wife began working at a timber salvage sawmill in Concord run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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