Family Farms

  • Aug 16, 2013
  • Richard C. Lasselle

Picture: The Vincek oat field, and If you look closely at the picture you will see a vintage car up near the barn. The oats have been cut and gathered in stacks, called "shocks", so that they can be run through the thrashing machine.

Growing Up In Wilton - Part 6

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Originally Published: 8/16/2013

When I grew up in the fifties and sixties, there were still lots of family farms that were operating. Many of us have fond farming memories from our childhood. Today, it is hard to find a farm in Wilton that is still fairly similar to the way that it was a hundred years ago or even fifty years ago. One farm that still looks quite similar to my childhood memories is the Vincek farm, corner of Jones Rd. and Smith Bridge Rd. The aerial photo below of the Vincek farm is from the mid 1900s. The original section of the Vincek house, the wooden structure, is probably the oldest house in town and some historians believe that structure may date back to the 1600s.

This is the sixth of several columns by Dick Lasselle about various aspects of life in Wilton. Dick grew up on Putnam Lane in Wilton, just off Jones road, and now lives on property that was part of the Putnam farm originally owned by his great-grandparents. Dick’s sister, Linda Baker, and his mom, Doris Lasselle, are contributing toward the development of these articles.