Tradition and Innovation: The Importance of Agriculture to Markham 1820-1920

Creator(s): Markham Museum

Between 1820 and 1920 the prosperity of agriculture in Markham Township acted as a strong foundation for a variety of technological and infrastructure developments in the area. In addition, the daily and seasonal rotations of agricultural life allowed for a range of income generating activities that provided a stable, plentiful livelihood for many local families. Agriculture in Markham did not simply provide employment, it defined a way of life; shaping relationships between friends, family, neighbours and communities.

Modern scientific advancements began to alter the rhythm of traditional farming in the mid-nineteenth century and organizations were formed to communicate new strategies including: Mechanic's Institutes, Women's Institutes, and Agricultural Societies. These organizations afforded life-long learning as well as important social outlets.

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