Step Back in Time




The Poore family didn’t have much money, but they did have lots of spirit.Imagine what it would be like to scratch out a living on a dairy farm in the Great North Woods back in the late 1800s — using rudimentary tools, and milking, hoisting grain and drawing water without electricity.

In fact, you don’t have to imagine. Just north of Colebrook, in Stewartstown, there is a 100-acre farm that’s hardly changed in the last 125 years. Farm equipment, tools and clothes belonging to generations of the Poore family — much of it is just as it was all those years ago. And it still doesn’t have electricity.

Before J.C. Kenneth Poore, the last descendant of the original family, died in 1983, he along with others formed a foundation so that the farm would serve as a historical and educational site illustrating a way of life that existed prior to rural electrification. It’s called the Poore Family Homestead Historic Farm Museum, and it’s open for visitors during the summer.

The museum’s executive director, Richard Johnsen, says the farm was never electrified, even in the 1980s, because Kenneth Poore didn’t feel he needed electricity any more than the generations before him had — a phone was enough modernity. “Kenneth was a piece of history himself — very self-sufficient, a real Yankee,” Johnsen says.

The house itself isn’t open to visitors because it’s too fragile. But there are windows you can look through to see what life was like inside. The barns and outbuildings — all in original condition — are open to visitors.

Johnsen says there are a number of activities planned for the summer, including outdoor concerts, craft demonstrations and re-enactments of 1700s-style trappers and traders.

As they say at the farm — “Pack a picnic basket and stay a spell.”

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. New Hampshire's 2013 Top Doctors
    Check out the list of NH's Top Doctors and Leading Physicians.
  2. What's It Like to Live in a Family of 12?
    The average American family has fewer than two children. To some, any more than two seems...
  3. Q&As with Five of 2015's Top Doctors
    Q&As with five of the Top Doctors from the 2015 Top Doctors Poll.
  4. Zach Harvey the Man Behind the Bitcoin ATM
    Manchester, NH's Zach Harvey, along with his brother Josh, created the company Lamassu, which...
  5. 25 Tips for Good-for-you Dining Out
    Many local restaurants have added healthier versions of appetizer and menu favorites. A few have...
  6. The Constant Restorationist
    Doug Towle spent 2.4 million of his own money to restore this historic Gilmanton compound that is...
  7. A Classy and Complete Guide to Yard Sales
    The season is here, so get ready to tackle the tacky and chaotic world of putting your life on...
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags