July 4th was laundry day on top of the mountain in Washington Massachusetts back in 1925. The Hutchinson family summered in the house across the street from ours… you can see ours in the background of this photo. They were such a social family that guests overflowed, and in 1938, they bought the house where we now live to accommodate everybody. There were as many as 30 friends and family members visiting at any given time.
Kids were entertained by 10 games and sports that were set up in the yards, including croquet, and golf. Raising and saluting the flag was a morning ritual. Indoor plumbing was something of the future, and most of their food came from the farm just down the road. It was a simpler time, and I’m so glad that some of it was captured by photographs and the poetry authored by Genevieve Hutchinson. More on Genevieve Hutchinson later.