Adirondack Tales: A Girl Grows Up in the Adirondacks in the 1800's
By Edna West Teall
With Adirondack Tales, Edna West Teall gave us an immeasurable gift; a glimpse in the nineteenth century. In prose and luminous paintings, she recorded her childhood experiences on her family's 170-acre farm eight miles from Essex, New York, near Reber. Teall's life there in the 1880s was rooted in the Brick House, which sat "smug in its dignified Georgian architecture" at a country intersection. She noted the seasonal rhythms of work and play on the farm, and with flair and humor set down the customs of her neighborhood. In preserving a vanished way of life, she helps us understand what we've gained in the intervening years and what we've lost.