Scythe and Rake

 

The cradle scythe and grain rake were among the hand tools brought to Monroe County by the first settlers.  Grain crops were usually cut with this kind of scythe, caught on the cradle, hand tied and stacked for drying and hand-thrashing.  Most farmers of the late 1800s still used these tools.

 

Photo taken about 2005

 

Provided by Dorothy Bayes

 

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