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Last house on the road : excursions into a rural past

Author: Ronald Jager
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, ©1994.
Series: Concord library.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ronald Jager's Eighty Acres, a memoir of his boyhood on a Michigan farm, was acclaimed as "a moving evocation of its time and place" (New York Times). In this sequel to Eighty Acres, Jager explores the links between a rural New England landscape and the routines of its human inhabitants, now and in the past. The setting is Washington, New Hampshire, where Jager and his wife bought an abandoned farmhouse nearly
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Jager, Ronald.
Last house on the road.
Boston : Beacon Press, ©1994
(DLC) 94014640
(OCoLC)30110525
Named Person: Ronald Jager; Ronald Jager
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Jager
ISBN: 080707022X 9780807070222
OCLC Number: 45727623
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 263 pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series Title: Concord library.
Responsibility: Ronald Jager.
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Abstract:

Ronald Jager's Eighty Acres, a memoir of his boyhood on a Michigan farm, was acclaimed as "a moving evocation of its time and place" (New York Times). In this sequel to Eighty Acres, Jager explores the links between a rural New England landscape and the routines of its human inhabitants, now and in the past. The setting is Washington, New Hampshire, where Jager and his wife bought an abandoned farmhouse nearly thirty years ago.

Through the years they reclaimed both the house and its history - laying bare its post-and-beam construction, unearthing its original hearthstone, and uncovering details of the lives of the Revolutionary War soldier who built the house and the farmer who owned it later.

Last House on the Road also explores the routines and benchmarks of present-day country life. Here are rich, lively portraits of a church fair, a week of deer hunting, and the ancient custom of "perambulating the bounds." In one chapter, Jager accompanies the local road crew on a predawn plowing expedition in a snowstorm. Another chapter brings to life the annual town meeting, a New England institution with its own rituals and drama.

Joining history with natural history, Jager traces the rise and fall of New England farming over two centuries as he surveys the rolling hills, forest and farmland of his southern New Hampshire home. Whether his subject is fireplace building, puppy raising, or local politics, Jager probes and celebrates the age-old process of taking what is old and making it new.

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