Softwood potato barrel, Hodgdon, ca. 1950

Contributed by Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum


Softwood potato barrels were made with cedar staves and bottom and ash hoops. In later years, when ash for hoops was becoming scarce, wire was used for the lower hoop.

In dry harvest seasons, the staves loosened, making the barrel harder to roll as the staves shifted against one another.

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About This Item

  • Title: Softwood potato barrel, Hodgdon, ca. 1950
  • Creator: Harding Barrel Company
  • Creation Date: circa 1950
  • Subject Date: circa 1950
  • Town: Hodgdon
  • County: Aroostook
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ash, cedar, wire
  • Dimensions: 76.8 cm x 49.5 cm
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum
1678 U.S. Route 1, Littleton, ME 04730
(207) 538-9604 (Debbie)

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