AUGUST DESIGN INTERVENTION – Dependencies: It Takes a Village

Summer vacations allow time for doing things that are sometimes recreational and at other times educational.  On the educational front, my parents went to great lengths to be sure we visited living history museums throughout the state and country so my siblings and I would appreciate the way people lived in the “old days!”   Although large structures like the farmhouse and barn would garner most of the attention on those excursions, it was the smaller and less assuming structures that were more intriguing to my eye.  According to author and historian Amos Long, Jr., it was not unusual for a self-sustaining Pennsylvania farm to have as many as 27 outbuildings or dependencies on the property.  To read the full on-line version of the article from Lancaster Newspapers click here.

 

Photo credit for tobacco barn to Shutterstock.com.