Winter allowed farmers time to travel and socialize. The first stop of many village sleigh rides was often the tavern. People would fill themselves with mulled cider for warmth and eat a deliciously tasty meal.
Sleigh, 1830-1850, wood, metal, H: 42 x L 93 x W 40 in. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, New York, F0027.1988.