The Dickinson household, like most rural homes of this period, included a small working farm. Behind the Homestead stood a large barn for horses, pigs, and a cow. The family kept chickens, tended a vegetable garden and fruit orchard—including apples, pears, figs, and grapes, and maintained a large hay meadow across the street. Hired yardmen, by the mid-1850s mostly Irish immigrants, did much of the farm work and were a constant part of Emily Dickinson’s world.
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