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“Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn” with Thomas Hubka

January 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Stratham Historical Society and Wiggin Memorial Library present this Zoom presentation by Thomas Hubka, made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities.

Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka’s research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat.

Two white New England farm buildings in winter and spring.


January 8
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Stratham Public Library