Neck Yoke

Date: 1780 - 1880
Dimensions: height 3.4" depth 6" width 41"
About this artifact

A neck yoke made carrying buckets easier by balancing the load and distributing it onto the shoulders of the bearer. The absence of indoor plumbing meant that every drop of water a family used for drinking, cleaning and cooking had to be carried in from outside. Conversely, the wastewater had to be taken back outside. A yoke was also used for carrying milk or collecting sap for maple sugaring.

Courtesy Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA