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Woodstock's Farming Story

Haying in Bearsville
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Haying in Bearsville
Like most of rural America during the 1800s, Woodstockers relied on farming to provide for the needs of their families and to serve as sources of income. Even “town families” maintained large gardens and chickens as well as a milk cow in their backyards. Will Rose, for example, writes in his book The Vanishing Village about the wonderful smell of the fruit trees and berries throughout the village. The artists who arrived in the early 1900s also learned the value of Woodstock’s barns as both a subject for their paintings as well as a place to live.