Artifact of the Week – Jackscrew

Posted on July 16, 2021

This is our jackscrew, also known as a screw jack or barn jack. Made of cast iron and still in good condition, this jack served its purpose for countless years. […]

Weekend Highlights

Posted on July 15, 2021

Welcome to your weekend highlights! My name is Caryssa Hayward, a summer employee here at the Backus-Page House. This week brings some exceptionally good news, as well as a highly […]

Podcast Episode 5

Posted on July 14, 2021

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE SHOW NOTES Who were the first European families in Dunwich Township?  How did they get here and why did they choose to live in the […]

Transcription Tuesday VII: True Beauty

Posted on July 13, 2021

Ariana Malthaner To continue with poems lovingly inscribed by Isabella, we have ‘True Beauty’ by Thomas Carew. Carew was 17th century English poet, who worked as a diplomatic secretary and […]

Artifact of the Week – Blacksmith Bellows

Posted on July 9, 2021

Blacksmith Bellows also known as; Forge Fan, Lungs or Blowers, were one of the most important tools in a Blacksmith’s shop. Its purpose is to supply oxygen to the base […]

Podcast Episode 4

Posted on July 7, 2021

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE SHOW NOTES: From The Pioneer Farmer and Backwoodsman Volume 2 by Edwin C. Guillet “We have no landlord to come at Michaelmas to say ‘I […]

Transcription Tuesday VI: Farewell

Posted on July 6, 2021

Ariana Malthaner This week we are back with another original poem composed by a friend of Isabella Woods. This particular poem speaks of a parting, and is signed by an […]

Artifact of the Week – The Flat Spokeshave

Posted on July 2, 2021

Spokeshaves are one of the many tools used by a carpenter. This tool’s purpose is to flatten and smooth complex shapes into wood. The spokeshave has an adjustable blade that […]