Life without power captured at Old World Wisconsin
Vince Vitrano repotsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
EAGLE- Old World Wisconsin, in rural Waukesha County, captures life in turn of the century Wisconsin beautifully.
For example, if you wanted fire -- you fed it wood.
If you you wanted wood -- you chopped it.
The technique often used at this time is called twitter and fro. We're not talking the Twitter on your phone. This the Twitter we're talking about is 19th Century style. It's a club, basically. They say necessity is the mother of invention.
There were also many inventions. Gotta move the wood? No powered vehicles, so you'd better be friendly with the animals. Oxen would carry loads weighing 2000 pounds each.
If you needed to move quickly -- hitch up the horses.
We spent hours at Old World Wisconsin, and talked mostly about food. Most of what you ate you grew yourself. Like the little red hen, if you wanted bread you needed flour, and that you did yourself too.
It took a lot of work, but you could eat pretty well. Some common meals--creamed sausage for lunch, and fresh chicken for dinner.
Life then was an awful lot about staying alive, and much of staying alive was staying fed.
Rediscover Old World Wisconsin here.