• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

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Life on the Farm

Crosier family with barn.
Courtesy/Bath Township Historical Society
 
Tapping sap from maple trees.

Gathering maple sap from buckets, 1927.

Courtesy/Cleveland Press Collection

Life on the farm revolved around the seasons. Each season brought its own chores and tasks that needed to be done to keep food on the table, a roof overhead, and the farm functioning.

The year might begin with the farmers in the woodlot cutting timber or in the pond cutting ice. Later, maple trees needed tapping for sap to make syrup. Spring meant plowing and planting and, for the farmer's wife, churning butter. Summer brought weeding and hoeing, followed by more weeding and then harvesting. The farmer's wife gathered garden produce to preserve, gel, salt, pickle, dry, or put up. Fall brought the harvesting of wheat, corn, oats, and the remaining garden produce. The fall ended with butchering— more time in the kitchen for the farmer's wife. Throughout the winter, grains were threshed and equipment was repaired for another season's use. And, for most, each Sunday brought a day of rest after a long week at work.

Click the links to the left to learn more about what it was like to live and work on several prominent farms in the Cuyahoga Valley.

Click to read a first-hand account of life on the Stanford Farm in the 1920s.

 
Oral history audio.

In Their Own Words
Click the topic to hear a story about Cuyahoga Valley life.
Click here to read the text file.

Seasonal Farm Activities (2 minutes 12 seconds)
Laura DeYoung talks about seasonal activities and events on The Spicy Lamb Farm.


Did You Know?

Water lilies in beaver marsh area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Photo by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Beaver in Cuyahoga Valley National Park impounded water to create a rich, diverse wetland in an area that was once an automobile junk yard? The area is now home to herons, turtles, amphibians, beavers, muskrats, otters, and many aquatic plants.