Brush Scythe, circa 1904

This farming tool belonged to Erasmus Darwin Smith (1850-1933), resident and former mayor of Magog. The tool served to cut woody plants and small trees in the wooded areas being cleared between 1904 and 1910 to tidy up the family’s summer home, located on the Eastern bank of Lake Memphremagog at Drummond Point, north of Georgeville. Smith painted a yellow mark on the scythe’s shaft, a tradition carried on by several generations. This distinctive mark allowed workers to distinguish their tools from those of fellow workers from other families at the end of a work day involving several families. Donated by Karen Smith and Robert Irvine, 2017.

Inventory number: 2017.24

Adoption price : $100 / ADOPTED!