Thursday, January 27, 2011
Garden History Image of the Week
A child's drawing of a sod-house homestead in Nebraska, c. 1885. [via the grovefamily genealogy site]
Corn in the front yard was not the norm on homesteads, but the sod house was always intended to be a temporary dwelling anyway, just until money could be raised for the lumber to build a proper wood frame home. The symmetry, in age and placement, of the two trees makes it likely that they were intentionally planted.
My own great-great grandmother lived in a sod house on the plains of Colorado.