1859 Farmer's Home (Mississippi) May 4, 2009 22:36:15 GMT -5
Post by benotforgot on May 4, 2009 22:36:15 GMT -5
[WEST POINT, MS],
May 4, 1859, p. 1, c. 5.
Farmer's Home. — Nothing shows the refinement of the farmer more than the adorning of his home. It shows his good taste, and that he is desirous of making all around him pleasant and comfortable.
Beautiful and attractive homes tend to increase all the good qualities of the occupants, and remove the bad. Beauty and loveliness in nature tend to all that is lovely in thought and deed and make mankind better, both as concerns their own happiness and that of others. Having shown why farmers should adorn their homes, we will tell the way to do it the easiest.
If your house is poor and plain, it makes no difference if you cannot afford to build a new one, adorn the surroundings of the old one.
In cold spells build a new yard—it cost almost nothing; set out some pretty trees in front, and surround the house with them if possible.
Fill the yard with flowers; they will cost nothing but the getting, unless rare varieties are procured, and your wife and children will tend to the cultivation. — never fear that.
Build a wood house, if you have not ready.
Don't deface your yard with wood piles, rails, sleds, cartwheels, and other rubbish; remove the hog pen from its conspicuous position near the roadside, and build a neat frame structure — 'twilt pay for itself in a few years.
Have neat fences, they look well, and are much better.
Build a nice barn and sheds, if not already built; they will pay for themselves and look better than the unsightly.
Have good yards around your farm buildings.
And above all, have the best books of the day, where yourself and family can gain instruction in their leisure hours, and take at least one good agricultural paper.