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Acadian House Museum


Accession number: 2001.002.179
Date: before 1950
Materials: Wood
Measurements: 150 cm L x 70 cm W
Narrative: This scythe would have been used for salt hay harvesting. The early Acadian settlers of Chezzetcook and Grand Desert discovered that the soil was not well suited for farming and growing hay. In order to supplement their hay, farmers turned to harvesting the salt hay along the shores of the Chezzetcook inlet. In the late summer the hay was cut with a scythe and then loaded onto awaiting boats. After reaching shore the salt hay was unloaded onto wagons and brought to a feild where it was left for about a week to allow rain to rinse away some of the salt. After drying, the hay was mixed with sweet hay and used for feed.
Description: A large blade scythe that is sharp at one side, flat on the other and gradually comes to a point. The handle of the scythe is wooden and has a curve in the middle of it. This scythe has two smaller wooden handles in addtion to the main one to place your hands.