Ways Young People Had Fun in the Early 1800s

Ways Young People Had Fun in the Early 1800s

Did you know …   It wasn’t all hard work for the early pioneers. Those living in the country found ways to have fun, sometimes in the midst of hard work. Corn Huskings Corn Huskings were popular fall events. A farmer harvested corn from the stalks and gathered these in the barn. He then invited young people to help husk the corn. They divided into teams and selected captains to see which team finished first. When one of the guys found a red ear, he was free to kiss the girl beside him. Sometimes rascals brought a red ear to the event to ensure a free kiss! Log rolling and wood chipping Young men attended log rollings and wood chippings during the day while females gathered to sew. Everyone got back together for supper. This time ended in a party,...

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Fruits and Nuts in the Early 1800s

Fruits and Nuts in the Early 1800s

Did you know …   Strawberries grew wild in the meadows. Children found raspberries and blackberries in such places as fence corners. Wild grapes and service berries grew in the woods and huckleberries grew on hillsides. How many of these fruits have you eaten? Small fruits that children then ate were gooseberries, currant, elderberries, wild cherries, haw, dewberries, mulberries, cranberries, wild red plums, and crabapples. How many of these have you eaten? They also ate peaches, apples, and pears. They dried the fruit to eat during the winter. Boys gathered chestnuts and black walnuts Boys gathered chestnuts, hickory nuts, black walnuts, butternuts, and hazelnuts for their families and animals. They probably enjoyed hiking through the woods to find...

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