Friday, May 11, 2012

I am reading a diary of a boy who lived in 1805 on a farm. My next book starts in 1840, so I am looking for the correct regional language, etc. Thought this was interesting. Wondered if anyone had heard or seen one of these. Or, you may want to make one.

This was called "Summer cloth," which had nothing to do with summer, but stemmed from sumpter meaning burden or burden-horse. It also is a beam in an old house known as summer beam.


  1. the winter cloth had anti freeze in it to keep the water from freezing gail

  2. They carried vegetables, etc., in it.