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Title [Strawberry farm wagon in the mud on Sharrotts Road]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1900
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on light gray embossed cardboard mount. View of a horse-drawn wagon stuck in the mud on an unpaved street. Three horses are harnessed to the wagon, which has four wheels and a canvas top. A driver is seated in the wagon. A man wearing overalls stands near the horse at left, and a man wearing a suit, tie, and hat stands next to the wagon at right, holding a long pole; he appears to be attempting to lift the wagon wheels out of the mud. At left is a utility pole with a streetlight. There is a split rail fence on the left side of the street; grass and trees are in the background. Handwritten inscriptions on reverse: "Sharrott Road / years ago" and "Kernes Strawberry Farm wagon c. 1900 / Sharrott Rd."
(Keywords: New York, Rural)
Print size 3.875 x 4.625
Ownership and History The "Kerne" name in the inscription may refer to August Kern (1867-1917), a farmer who lived on Sharrott's Road in Staten Island in the 1890s and early 1900s. Directories variously listed his farm's location as Rossville or Kreischerville.

Road conditions in Staten Island varied widely in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. While many of the main roads were paved, other roads remained unpaved and were challenging for vehicle travel. The Richmond County Advance of December 31, 1904, published a brief commentary entitled "Impassable Streets": "People who live off the regular thoroughfares are now put to many inconveniences on account of the bad condition of the streets they live on. Even peddlers do not call, choosing rather to save their horses than to drive over impassable streets."
Earliest Date 1895
Latest Date 1905
Subjects Transportation
Carts & wagons
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Kern, August
Catalog Number PH01.1180
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, June 2016.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.