WWOC 16: Halfway House

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As farms shifted toward market production in the 19th century, the distinction between farm and house increased. Farm women’s workspace was the farmhouse and adjoining outbuildings. Women and older girls maintained the home, cared for children, and made, cleaned, and cared for the family clothes. They also generally had at least one source of cash income. They might sell poultry or dairy products like butter, trade farm goods, or serve as teachers, midwives, or farm workers to raise money for the family. Their days were dominated by cooking meals for everyone on the farm.