Housewright Samuel Daggett built this timber flank house of hand-hewn lumber on a 40 acre farm in Coventry (now Andover) Connecticut in 1754.
Like many farmers in northeastern Connecticut, Samuel Daggett grew wheat, corn, barley, oats and
tobacco and made cider from the apples in his orchard and raised cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens
for his familys use or to sell or trade for things the family needed.
On farms in the colonial era, each family member played an important role in producing food, clothing and household goods for the family. Anna Daggett ran the home and cared for the family. Anna prepared and preserved food, spun yarn, made clothing, towels and sheets, gave her children their earliest lessons in reading and writing, and fed animals like chickens and pigs.
The Daggett daughters, Asenath and Tabitha, learned the skills of "housewifery" from their mother. They prepared yarn by carding and spinning, made clothing, soap and candles, tended the garden, and prepared food. Annas son, Isaiah, helped his mother and sisters with some of the chores around the house, and learned farming and other skills from his father, Samuel.
The Daggett Farmhouse depended on its large garden to provide food that was dried and preserved for
use during the winter months, as well as herbs and other plants that were used to create natural
dyes to color wool yarn.
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