Jillpoke, c. 1900

Contributed by Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum


"jillpoke" is a term that has various meanings depending on the occupation under discussion. In relation to this artifact, a jillpoke is a device that is attached to the end of a heavy work sled by the ring and the other end left to drag on the ground behind the sled. Fully loaded with logs or other heavy loads, a sled being pulled up hill could pull the horses back down hill. A jillpoke behind the sled, however, digs into the ice and snow anytime the sled starts to slip back down hill so the horses can rest a bit before continuing up the hill.

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About This Item

  • Title: Jillpoke, c. 1900
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • Town: Littleton
  • County: Aroostook
  • State: ME
  • Media: wood and iron
  • Dimensions: 103 cm x 9 cm x 9 cm
  • Local Code: 2003.001.43
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

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

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