The woods around the farm are filled with Shagbark Hickory trees. I often find the shells opened, the nuts eaten by animals. Today I found these two green nuts side by side. I’ve never eaten the nuts although I’ve been told by some of my readers that they’re tasty.
I just read that the wood from Shagbarks is very hard and was used to make tool handles and wheel spindles.
It made me think about how the trees were probably harvested, around the time our farmhouse was built in the 1840s, for these purposes. There are a few very big ones growing in the meadows where animals used to graze. I’m sure they nuts were harvested too.
Like the apple trees that grow wild in the pasture and woods, the stone walls, piles of rocks and even the dump filled with bottles and tinware, the woods are filled with signs of the people who used to live here.