Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What did Our Ancestors do for fun on a Fall evening..

Have you ever wondered what your Ancestors did after the sun went down on a Fall evening? Assuming they weren't too tired from the long day of gardening, harvesting and preparing for the next day ahead I am going to share with you what I believe took place in many farm houses across the country..

The fire would be lit and everyone would gather around and share their stories of the day..

Perhaps they had a little wooden box of Stereoscopic pictures for their Stereoscope viewer and it was brought out for all to enjoy...notice the labelling of the pictures in the lid of the box..

My great Grandparents adorn the space over the mantle

The first Stereoscope viewer was invented by Sir Charles Wheatsone in 1833 and would have brought many hours of pleasure for the Families who owned one..

Another pastime would have been curling up in front of the fire in a comfy chair and choosing a good book to read aloud to your Family or alone..

Quilting..needlework & knitting would have also been done by the Ladies of the house and the young girls would be taught by their Mother's or Grandmother's.

I must say the simpler things in life can bring us such joy. What do you like to do on a cool Fall evening?

Thank you for dropping in for a visit..take care!



  1. Wanda ;
    Having you ask what would our ancestors do for amusement back in the day reminded me that everytime I use the microwave ,, I think of my great grandmother . She would be astounded to think a plate could be heated in a minute flat. I can only imagine what she would think knowing we spend our evenings on the computer or watching tv. I hope that the art of conversation , playing cards and singing songs is not completely lost. Thanks Wanda for the birthday wishes. Seeing my grandson was the best gift I could ask for.
    Wishing you a warm and colorful fall.

  2. Hi!
    I do not know about my ancestors. Wealth probably made a difference. No money, then maybe no heating and candles.
    Well, and as to myself on this first day of autumn, I have snuggled up in bed with my laptop and I read blogs ..... This blogging is such an amazing thing, there is so much sharing on here.
    Hold on to your treasures from the past, I love family history just the same and try to figure out what happened to my greatparents.
    Have a happy day!

  3. Hi Wanda,
    I am so happy that you came over to my blog!!! How have you been? Really good, I hope!
    I'm sure glad I checked my blog before I went to sleep!
    I love this post and your treasures from your family are simply amazing!!!
    Love & hugs,

  4. What a great post Wanda. I love the portraits of your great grands. I think you are very blessed to have them. I love getting glimpses into your lovely home.
    On Fall evenings I love to curl up on the sofa (when it is too dark outside to work in the garden) and peruse the latest magazine. I also love this time, beccause it is when Dale and I can take the time to tell about our days.
    hugs to you...

  5. Hi Wanda... A lovely post! Fall evening so far are making me feel lazy!!! The shelves built into your brick surround are unusal and very nice, I love the photos of your great grandparents, what a treasure!!
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Wanda...this was a charming post my friend. I know from watching period movies and reading old books that people worked from sun up to sun down and even DRESSED for the day. I think society as a whole is pretty spoiled. Women sewed (it was once a highly valued skill) and learned to cook from scratch, tended to their children and did a lot of reading, mending, ironing, etc. All this with NO AIR CONDITIONING, too!

    I love your home!

    Headache is gone. Dishes are still cloudy!

    Thanks for the visit yesterday!


  7. Hi Wanda,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I so enjoyed your post today. I love thinking about, reading about, and hearing about the days gone by! A charming post; thank you. Hope you have a lovely weekend.


  8. HELLO,