Haying time at the General Field, late Saturday afternoon looking south into Ayer. Haying has been the town’s most valuable agricutural enterprise since the earliest days of English settlement and remains so today. From Caleb Butler’s History of Groton:
“Groton has all varieties of soil, from the richest and most productive, to very poor and barren. A portion, of about nine square miles in and about the centre, is not exceeded in fertility and feasibility in cultivation by any in the Commonwealth . . . The productions are principally Indian corn, barley, oats, potatoes and rye, but hay is the chief article for the market.” Photo by Russell Harris.