Many old farmsteads remain inhabited, although their use has changed. This lot holds no grain bins; no equipment adequate to cultivate large fields is sheltered here.

This was once a modest home for a farm family. The house is the easily built, rectangular design, with a kitchen el, that cultural geographers call an "I-house." The gambril-roofed barn housed draft stock and stored hay and other goods.

The wife raised chickens, and probably "set the table" with earnings from her poultry and harvest from her garden.

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