Join the Ipswich Historical Commission and the Trustees of Reservations for “Farming in the First Period,” a talk and discussion by Peter Cook, on Sunday November 20 at 4.00 pm in the Carriage Barn at Appleton Farms. The event is presented as part of the annual Thanksgiving celebration, “Ipswich is First…Period.”
Peter Cook is the featured speaker, and a nationally recognized expert on colonial agriculture. The English settlers brought seeds, animals and farming methods to the new colony, but had to adapt them to the environment. Cook will compare English agriculture (plantings in long straight lines produced by plows) with the mound agriculture of Native Americans produced by hoes. He will illustrate the farm animals brought over, mainly cattle and pigs, and how they were kept, used and shared among the colonists. He will illustrate the different crops, the enclosures and fences. The agriculture of the First Period was distinctive then and is fascinating now.
During his long career, Peter has served as chief curator of Plimoth Plantation, administrative director of Historic New England, and chief curator of the Bennington Museum. Today, Peter is a professor in the graduate program at Lesley University. Peter and his wife Nancy run Tare Shirt Farm in Berwick, Maine, where they farm with 18th-century methods, specializing in the production of pre-industrial textiles and the breeding of early species of livestock.
This lecture will take place in the Appleton Farms Carriage Barn , which is heated but can be chilly, so dress warm. Please RSVP for your tickets here.
Date: Sunday November 20, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Appleton Farms, County Rd., Ipswich MA. Directions to Appleton Farms