A Comparison: Farming today at Amherst’s Sunset Farm to farming in the 1860 South as described by Frederick Law Olmsted
Friday, December 5 at 12:15 p.m. Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, MA
Bill Gillen will compare c.1855 plantation farming in Mississippi as described by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in “The Cotton Kingdom: A Traveller’s Observations on Cotton and Slavery in the American Slaves States” published in 1860 and farming in New England then and now. Gillen will use his own impressions and knowledge gained from his experiences at Sunset Farm—a ten acre farm with a thirty year history. There, he and his wife grow vegetables, herbs, chestnuts, pansies, cut flowers and create unique wreaths.
Olmsted travelled in the south on three occasions in 1852, 1853 and 1854 spending 12 months and recorded his observations as a special correspondent to the New York Times and the New York Tribune. His travels took him from Mississippi through Texas and his “correspondence” letters to the newspapers record the reality of agricultural models of the south.
Join us with your lunch in hand. We will provide coffee, tea or cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The 30-minute program will begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend. For updated information, check our website at www.amhersthistory.org