New York Dutch or Hog Plow, circa 1780

Summary

This light-draft, single-handle plow was used by Dutch farmers of the Hudson Valley of New York well into the 1800s, despite being surrounded by English communities. A key feature of this traditional plow, the distinctive pyramidal plowshare, was adapted by English neighbors to create the "Carey" or "Connecticut" plow, which became popular across the new American nation.

This light-draft, single-handle plow was used by Dutch farmers of the Hudson Valley of New York well into the 1800s, despite being surrounded by English communities. A key feature of this traditional plow, the distinctive pyramidal plowshare, was adapted by English neighbors to create the "Carey" or "Connecticut" plow, which became popular across the new American nation.

Artifact

Plow (Agricultural equipment)

Date Made

circa 1780

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States, New York 

Creator Notes

Attributed to New York

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Soybean Lab Agricultural Gallery

Object ID

00.148.22

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Iron (Metal)
Wood (Plant material)

Dimensions

Width: 16 in

Length: 78 in

Connect 3

Discover curious connections between artifacts.

Learn More