History

Homesteading History articles collected over two decades from experienced homesteaders who know what they’re talking about.

Turkey Day… or Should It Be “Corn Day”?

I admit, I am very pro-Thanksgiving. What's not to like about Turkey Day? On what other holiday can we get…

3 weeks ago

The First Homesteader: Daniel Freeman

Clearly, it was not the best day in Daniel Freeman's life. He'd been on the trail for over three weeks,…

4 weeks ago

Housekeeping in 1879, by the Book

It was 1879, and the Civil War had been over just nine years, a war that had devastated the Commonwealth…

4 weeks ago

How to Do Things – 1919 Style

A thoughtful young person in 2019 might ask, “What did people do before they had… [fill in the blank: cellphones,…

1 month ago

The View from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House: A True Pioneer Woman

“The days of wilderness adventure are not past!  The pioneer spirit is not dead!”  These stirring words were written by…

1 month ago

Aprons: A Cover Story

  Just when I thought that my one apron, Old Faithful was all I needed, I found a cute vintage…

5 months ago

Home Alone: Women on the Plains

  “I had gone to bed one night, but could not sleep. My father was constantly in my mind. I…

6 months ago

A Brief History of Milk

  Believe it or not, for most of the 150,000 odd years humans have been walking the earth, we couldn’t…

8 months ago

The Mountain Men: America’s Original Survivalists

  Who were the mountain men? They were the pathfinders of yore, lovers of nature, and fiercely independent. They lived…

8 months ago

Bamewawagezhikaquay: The most famous person you never heard of.

  I'd like to introduce you to an extraordinary life, that of the pleasant-looking young woman in the portrait above.…

8 months ago

Mollie Dorsey Sanford: Frontier Wife, Frontier Life

  An intrepid, independent soul, Mollie Dorsey was a homesteader in her teens, a gold rusher in her twenties, worked…

9 months ago

How Sears Roebuck Helped Homesteading Happen

  The year was 1886. Sears Roebuck helped homesteading happen quite by accident, but it happened at a time when…

9 months ago