Greenfield's four working farms bustle with the activities that are at the heart of America's storied agricultural history. Americans today are rediscovering the value of these local, traditional agricultural techniques.
Amos Mattox worked many jobs during the Great Depression to take care of his family. He was a farmer, barber, shoemaker and preacher. His wife, Grace, was very caring. She worked with others to provide food for needy neighbors.
In order to provide for his family, Samuel Daggett did a variety of things. He worked the family farm, built houses and made furniture. His wife, Anna, spun yarn, made clothing, fed the animals and taught their children how to read and write.
Benjamin and Catherine Firestone raised their three children on this farm, including tire maker Harvey Firestone. In 1882, they renovated this “old-fashioned” house to make it feel more modern. Benjamin Firestone made most of his money from the wool of wrinkly Merino sheep.
Henry and Elizabeth Carroll enjoyed a prosperous life on their Maryland tobacco and wheat plantation. But their enslaved workers did not enjoy the same good life, toiling from sunup to sundown. Growing tobacco involved especially miserable, back-breaking drudgery. Carroll's enslaved workers also tended a kitchen garden, providing fresh vegetables and herbs for the Carroll family dinner table.