In Its Hay Days II by Gary L   Suddath

This may not look to be that comfortable to ride. It was a lot easier that raking hay by hand. This old horse drawn hay rake could rake bout what 8 men could do in a given time. That would leave a lot of time for other chores. More often then not, one of the younger kids would drive the rake, and the older kids and men would gather and put up the hay. This was pulled thru the field of cut hay. The tines would collect the hay. When they were full the lever would be pull releasing the hay in a pile. Then it would be gathered and taken to where they stored it. This may be crude by today’s standards but in its hay days this was a major improvement to putting up hay…….image taken at the Mountain Farm Museum at the Cherokee NC entrance to the Great smoky Mountain NP


  • police370
    police370over 6 years ago

    Wonderful captures. I am going to have to put this on my to visit list.

  • police370
    police370over 6 years ago

    I have it marked on my map program for a future visit. 2 hours and 24 minutes from my house. Thanks for sharing.

  • Maria Dryfhout
    Maria Dryfhoutover 6 years ago

    Love pics like this one… so much history. The sepia tone is perfect for this vintage rake.
    They worked so hard in them olden days… and they say they were "the good ol’ days’…

  • jlynn
    jlynnover 6 years ago

    Excellent image, so full of history!

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromover 6 years ago

    Awesome series…glad to see you back!!!

  • Lori Walton
    Lori Waltonover 6 years ago

    Great comp on this Gary.

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 6 years ago

    It got the job done. Great treatment. xx

  • Jay Stockhaus
    Jay Stockhausover 6 years ago

    Great image.

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 6 years ago

    Happy New Year Gary!! This is a great image … I just love this series.

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosover 6 years ago

    The old hay rick makes a great subject Gary and the sepia presentation gives it that classic aged appearance it so deserves, well captured and presented,
    Regards, Rod.

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