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. 

8 comments:

little augury said...

charming & detailed, and how it survived. I am enjoying following your unique perspective on this blog. pgt

Benjamin Vogt said...

Sums up the research for my next book, tracing my family's immigration from Prussia to Kansas and Oklahoma in 1874. The windmill of the original homestead still stands, the red dirt carefully tilled around it. As I sit here in Nebraska planning trips to prairie remnants this summer, your image stirs up the great debate within me: the good in the immigration and settlement, and the immense evil in the immigration and settlemtn on the plains. Sorry I went on--close to the heart here. :)

Benjamin Vogt said...

Sums up the research for my next book, tracing my family's immigration from Prussia to Kansas and Oklahoma in 1874. The windmill of the original homestead still stands, the red dirt carefully tilled around it. As I sit here in Nebraska planning trips to prairie remnants this summer, your image stirs up the great debate within me: the good in the immigration and settlement, and the immense evil in the immigration and settlemtn on the plains. Sorry I went on--close to the heart here. :)

College Gardener said...

Touching, in an odd way.

Beyond My Garden said...

My favorite art is children's art. I saw my first and so far, only sod house this past September on our travels across the United States. I put a photo on this blog entry:
http://waverlytotahoe.blogspot.com/2010/10/conquer.html

Patty said...

Charming picture. I wonder what else is planted in the garden?

Les said...

Having visited the plains of Colorado two summers ago, I can appreciate what kind of resolve and constitution it took to make that place your home, like Kansas-lite.

Gabriel Rochard - architecte de jardins said...

Don't laugh, Arcady, I'm just about to get a degree in landscape design from Versailles Ecole du Paysage... So guess what? I cannot take you more seriously than what you say in your profile!
Very happy to be connected to your blog from now on. Such a great news. Thanks!
Gabriel

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