The Pioneer Experience: Life in Highland Township 1832 - 1852

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Highland Township Public Library
Community Room - Lower Level

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Presented by Eugene Beach of the Highland Township Historical Society.

THE PIONEER EXPERIENCE: Everyday Life in Early Highland Township


*  Buying land, deciding what parcel to choose, its cost, etc. Use of “land lookers” to scout prospective parcels.

*  Concept of “chain migration,” i.e., extended families and neighbors settling together for mutual aid and support.

*   Best season to settle.

*   Building shelter – differences between shanty, bough house, cabin, etc.

*   Planting the first crop (even before land was cleared); type of crops planted; Highland’s reputation as fertile

*   Clearing land – the need for massive “break up” plows, etc.

*   Livestock – why the ox was more important (and more popular) than the horse.

*   Transport – multi-mile walking common, use of “pungs” and other primitive “vehicles.”

*   Markets – need to travel to Detroit, Pontiac, Dexter, Fenton, etc. for sawn lumber, milling services, and supplies.

*   Family size and composition, courtship and marriage, etc.

Event Type(s): Adult
Age Group(s): Adult
Presenter: Eugene Beach
Cathy B.

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