Poore Family Farm | Here in New England
–At the end of the day, I asked Rick and Mark about what lay ahead. They said that each year they run out of money; then they scrap and fight for a way to keep going. They want to put together a book of the Poore family’s Civil War-era letters as a fundraiser. They’ve hosted weddings here and want more. Each August they hold a big country concert, and they want other events. “I believe this area needs this,” Rick said.
“We’re just the stewards,” Mark added. “We don’t own this. This is part of Coos County. This is living history.”
I drove away thinking of Kenneth Poore, thinking that I felt I already knew him, and thinking that if a place has the power to change lives, then sometimes people, too, can change a place. I’d found here on a country road people who cared about an old farmer and what his way of life meant, who found a way to keep it from vanishing, from the land and from memory. And I kept hearing Rick’s voice as I said goodbye: “There’s still so much stuff to unpack. So much stuff!”
The museum opens in May; you can tour the grounds and barns, peer through the windows of the house, and read descriptions of the rooms. Because of the fragility of the house, you must make a reservation to tour inside. For more information or to make a donation, visit PooreFarm.org. For a slide show of additional photos, go to: YankeeMagazine.com/more