Mill Farm
Account Book, 1863-1869

Mss: 1

Historical Note:

Mill Farm, located on Aquidneck Island [Middletown and Portsmouth] in Rhode Island, was a working farm owned by Edward Ogden, a wealthy and socially prominent businessman. Son of Abraham Ogden, Edward was born March 12, 1808. He married Caroline Hone Callender in 1840, and the couple divided their time between New York City and their Narragansett Avenue home in Newport.

Day-to-day activities of Mill Farm were managed by Mr. and Mrs. Alanson Peckham. The Peckhams took responsibility for both livestock and the crops grown on the farm with the help of hired farm hands. A copy of instructions from Mr. Ogden included in this account book reveals the owner's keen interest in the myriad details involved in this aspect of his busy life. Mill Farm customers bought milk, eggs, cream, butter, poultry, oats, straw, corn, and hay. Mill Farm also provided fresh dairy products, eggs, and poultry to the kitchen of the Ogden's Newport home. Edward Ogden died July 1872.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of one account book kept by Alanson Peckham, 1863-1869, for Mill Farm. Detailed entries contain an inventory of farm tools, a list of stock as well as monthly income and expenses. Pages 166 through 168 contain a copy of a letter written by Mr. Ogden to the Peckhams dated May 25, 1869 with instructions to them during his absence; it authorizes Howard Smith to act in Ogden's place. A clipping pasted on the last page is dated March 9, 1867 and deals with Internal Revenue decisions in regard to farm income.

Provenance : Purchase.

Amount: 1 volume