Testament of the once prevalent agrarian culture was the building staple of family farms. Attesting its importance in family farm life were its many purposes, mostly practical. One not prosaic to the author was its ability, especially for children, to exude a mystique. This quality, helping rural life to possess a rustic charm, the author suggested also contributed to their lengthy history, continuing in the US through immigrants such as Scots and Swedes. It’s one that has generated long standing associations with other groups such as Mennonites and Amish.