Cotswold Dovecote

Summary

Henry and Clara Ford were avid birders and built this dovecote, modeled on one in Chesham, England. Dovecotes, which could only be owned by privileged landlords, were built to attract roosting birds, which helped control insects and provided manure for fertilizer. The nests could be reached from inside the dovecote where the eggs could be gathered, or birds trapped for food.

Henry and Clara Ford were avid birders and built this dovecote, modeled on one in Chesham, England. Dovecotes, which could only be owned by privileged landlords, were built to attract roosting birds, which helped control insects and provided manure for fertilizer. The nests could be reached from inside the dovecote where the eggs could be gathered, or birds trapped for food.

Artifact

Dovecote

Date Made

circa 1935

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Porches and Parlors District

Object ID

89.0.549.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Stone (Worked rock)
Mortar (Filler)

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