Ditch Plow

Date: 1780 - 1820
About this artifact

This type of plow is also referred to as a "ridge plow" because it created ridges on either side of a central ditch. It was used to unearth potatoes and other root crops and to create the slightly elevated ridges along which such crops are planted. This type of plow was practical only for farmers specializing in such crops, since all farmers required a traditional plow in addition to this specialized tool.

Courtesy Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA