Childhood Adventures

Historical photo of a young girl standing next to a cow in a farm field with dense woods in the background.
Early farm life held exciting adventures for children

Courtesy/Bath Township Historical Society

Modern photo of a young girl carrying a chicken next to a farm fence. with a barn in the  background.
Helping out at The Spicy Lamb Farm.

NPS/Ted Toth

Imagine waking up to a rooster's crow, crawling from your bed, and entering a chilly barn to milk cows. As the sun rises higher, it's time to get dressed and walk to school. In the afternoon, your mother gives you extra chores: gathering eggs, churning butter, cleaning the barn, washing dishes, or other needed tasks. In the evening, you play horseshoes with your brothers and sisters before gathering around the dinner table to enjoy your mother's famous cooking.

Outside of these routines, children on the farm found exciting adventures in the surrounding landscape. Fields, hills, and streams transformed into imaginary lands that offered places to play and explore. Friends invented new games with ropes, hay, or whatever materials were available. Despite many responsibilities on the farm, children enjoyed their freedom, escaping outdoors to their favorite locations.

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Last updated: January 13, 2018

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