The Art of the Tractor – celebrating the beauty of old farm tractors with fine art photographs and artwork from around New England and the world.
Do you like old tractors? This is the place to see some of the finest tractor photography by photographer and vintage tractor hound, Edward M. Fielding.
Living in the heart of old tractor hunting grounds, in the Upper Valley region and Kearsarge area of New Hampshire, near the boarder of Vermont, Fielding spends his time hunting the surrounding towns of Springfield, Sunapee, New London, Hanover, Lyme, Cornish as well as deep into rural Vermont in pursuit of fine old vintage tractors in the wild to photograph.
John Deere, Farmall, International Harvester, Ford – if it is an old tractor sold back in the day in New England, chances are Fielding has found and documented it.
Old tractors still in use plowing and haying meadows, old antiques restored and proudly displayed, classics for sale, rusty old heaps put out to pasture as decorations, cute little red house tractors peeking out of barns.
A tractor is an engineering vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort (or torque) at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction.
Most commonly, the term is used to describe a farm vehicle that provides the power and traction to mechanize agricultural tasks, especially (and originally) tillage, but nowadays a great variety of tasks.
Agricultural implements may be towed behind or mounted on the tractor, and the tractor may also provide a source of power if the implement is mechanized.
To the tractor lover, there is something magical about the tractor in the pasture. It represents wisdom, strength, and former glory as the plower of soil, tender of crops, and the backbone of the nation.
Much like the aging racehorse or the prize bull, after its working days are done, old tractors find resting spots on the edges of fields, alongside barns, or in the hedgerows.
Today, these rusting piles of iron not only represent the memories of nostalgic farmers (past or present), they represent possibilities of restoration, rejuvenation, and new life as sparkling representations of an age gone by.
Abandoned New Hampshire – All over New Hampshire are relics of the past. Forgotten and abandoned farm equipment, farms, house, barns, sugar shacks, outbuildings, outhouses, cars, cemeteries and sometimes even whole towns.
Left to decay and rot away. Sometimes its a new opportunity that causes people to leave it all behind. Other times is just the convenience, lack of zoning or the lack of the concept of a town landfill and recycling. Sometimes it is a death or a bankruptcy or a stock market downturn.
This relic from the past sits in front of an old Ford dealership in Weare, New Hampshire.
“I’ve been told the building you see there was built in 1930 and replaced one that burned down. The business was started by Maurice Grant in 1919 in an old grist mill. Later Maurice’s brother Leon took over the business and Maurice went on to become the owner of State Motors in Manchester…it was called “South Weare Garage”, the first Ford dealership in New Hampshire; this dealership was chartered by Henry Ford himself, who visited Weare on more than one occasion.”
The Former Woolen Factory
This abandoned former woolen mill is now serving as a canvas for the local rural New Hampshire aspiring graffiti artists.
Currently a brownsfield site being monitored by NH Environmental Services. The 3.8-acre site is the location of an abandoned 19th century woolen mill building approximately 12,000 square feet in size. Several wooden roof beams of the former mill building have rotted, and the building is in a general state of disrepair. The site was most recently owned by the late Christi Ambargis. Ambargis acquired title to the property from the Hartford Woolen Company in January 1960. Ambargis held title to the property until his death in 1996, at which time the property passed to his wife. She renounced and
relinquished any ownership of the property due to considerable tax liens levied against it for non-payment of taxes, and potential liability for the clean-up and remediation of environmental contamination. In 2000, a tax deed certified the town as the site owner.
Ambargis reportedly collected used oil from various sources and stored the material at the site for intended use in a fuel-blending project.
Abandoned Train Bridge
When railroads go bankrupt, their track beds and bridges are usually forfeited and sit idle until the state decides that no new train is coming anytime soon and they are turned into multi-use trails for hiking, skiing, biking, ATVs and snowmobiling.
The old Concord to Claremont Line follows the Sugar River and has an impressive array of steel truss and wooden covered bridges along its section between Newport and Claremont.
The Concord and Claremont Railroad was an American railroad company during the mid-nineteenth century in New Hampshire spanning from Concord to Claremont. Currently The Claremont and Concord Railroad now operates on a short line between Claremont Junction on the main line to Claremont. 9 miles (14 km) of the line between Claremont and Newport is now the Sugar River Recreational Rail Trail, owned and managed by the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation.
Abandoned Farm Equipment
Abandoned farm equipment can be found all over New Hampshire, even in the middle of the woods with trees growing through them. You look around at the forest and think, how the heck did this get here? Yet in 40 or 50 years a cleared farm field can revert to forest erasing all traces of the farm save for the stone walls and rusty old farm equipment.
People salvage these old rusty plows and haying equipment for garden ornaments but it can be dangerous trying to pry some of this old stuff from the forest’s grip. A few years back a guy trying to salvage some old equipment from the woods died. He got cut in half when the equipment gave way expectantly and his winch yanked part of a hay baler into his midsection.
Old barns, sheds, and sugar shacks are also commonly found all over rural New Hampshire.
Beautiful vintage tractor photography by Edward M. Fielding. See the entire portfolio of vintage tractor photographs and artwork available as prints, greeting cards, framed artwork, canvas, metal, wood, acrylic museum quality artwork with a 30 day money back guarantee.
Vintage tractors photographed by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding. “I don’t think I can drive past an old tractor in the field, up by the barn or resting in the back forty without stopping to take a photograph.” says New Hampshire based photographer Edward M. Fielding. “The amazing machine’s are the lifeblood of the farm. Farmers use them for all sorts of chores around the farm, basically taking the place of oxen of old, and unlike the family car hidden away from the elements in the garage, these machine often spend their life out doors getting dirty and grimy. Getting rained on, snowed on and so on but they continue to faithfully do the work around the farm for decades if not for generations. Lots of personality can be found in these old machines.”
Part of an ongoing series of fine art photographs of farm life around New England and Upstate New York by photographer Edward M. Fielding featuring scenes of country and rural life including landscapes, barns, farms, agricultural scenes, livestock, buildings, farm houses, crops, fields, silos, back roads, country lanes and everyday life in Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, New York and beyond. Edward M. Fielding is an award winning artist whose fine art photography can be seen Internationally on the pages of magazines and book covers as well as in galleries and private collections in the New England region.
Over 4,500 images from Edward M. Fielding are also available as framed and matted artwork, metal prints, canvas prints and more via his portfolio on Pixels.com at: http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/
Family farms sporting traditional and historic wood framed New England barns and stables still dot the New England landscape in Vermont and New Hampshire. The barns, most painted bright red against the summer time green landscape, the brilliant orange, brown and red colors of autumn and the white snowy landscape of winter. But you can find other colors such as white or “hasn’t been painted in decades” gray.
A fine white barn in South Woodstock at the Green Mountain Horse Asssociation. Founded in 1926, GMHA is the nation’s oldest continuously operating horse association whose mission is to provide and maintain opportunities for educational and competitive activities for diverse equestrian disciplines. Emphasis is placed on equestrian trails preservation, horsemanship and youth education.
The facility, located in South Woodstock, Vermont, offers a wide range of events to hundreds of equestrians each year in dressage, driving, events, hunter/jumpers, and trail riding. GMHA is dedicated to preserving trails and open space for equestrian use, and the trail network covers over 400 miles.
The 65-acre facility includes stabling for 196 horses, four all-weather arenas with European Geo-Textile footing, a spectacular cross-country course, and driving hazards.
In Enfield, New Hampshire right next door to the historic Shaker Village is a wildlife refuge and this building is part of the maintenance crew’s facilities.
One of the most photographed farm spots in Vermont if not the world. When you think of Vermont, the image that enters your brain might just be Jenne Farm.
Jenne Farm is a farm located in Reading, Vermont. It is one of the most photographed farms in the world, especially in autumn. The farm has appeared in magazine covers, photography books, and a Budweiser television advertisement; it has also served as a setting in the films Forrest Gump and Funny Farm. Photographs of the farm have appeared on posters, postcards and wall calendars.
Despite its fame, the private farm is located along a dirt road and is not heavily promoted. The only sign indicating its presence is a tiny board along Vermont State Route 106 advertising maple syrup.
The farm became noted for photogenic scenery about 1955 when a photography school in South Woodstock discovered it. Later, it appeared as an entry in a Life photo contest, on the cover of Yankee magazine, and in Vermont Life.
Stowe, Vermont and Waterbury, Vermont have many old farms and old barns including this small horse barn on the way from the Ben and Jerry’s factory and on to the ski resort town of Stowe, Vermont.
This newer classic New England red barn in Etna, New Hampshire, part of Hanover, NH – home of Dartmouth College, beautifully sits on a hillside over looking the small village.
In the backroads of Vermont, far from the last waypoint on the map or GPS, wonderful old wooden barns in their unpainted beauty can be found among the brilliant fall foliage.
A collection of old New England barn buildings with a single red door beyond. This amazing complex of old barns is found right off the main road in Windsor, Vermont – the birthplace of the state.
Get the farmhouse look with this artwork from fine art photographer and designer Edward M. Fielding.
Farmhouse pieces have a casual and unfussy style that makes a home feel inviting and comfortable, while modern design features simple curves and straight lines that delight the eye. The wall art can have modern references to farm life as well as a retro vintage vibe. Old tractors, farm signs hawking eggs, milk, cheese, bacon, vegetables and other down on the farm products.
Shabby chic (/ˈʃæb.iˈʃiːk/) is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasized to differentiate it from genuine period decor. Old signs and retro artifacts look great with this style.
Any of the art and photographs in the FARM LIFE collection can be purchased as prints to frame on your own or as ready to hang wall art in the matting and frames you choose from simple modern looks to rustic barn wood frames. Or go frame-less with canvas prints, metal prints, or acrylic prints.
This primitive folk art butcher beef cuts chart is popular a framed wall art in a large kitchen setting in modern farmhouse decor.
Living in the rural Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire, I have the opportunity to find a lot of old, vintage tractors still at work in the fields or stored in barns around the area.
I’ve come to know of a lot of old tractors around these parts. Some are restored beauties brought out by the local antique tractor clubs and showed off at country fairs while others are simply old family heirlooms that just won’t die and are still hard at work in the fields each summer.
Photographs of old tractors make a handsome nostalgia statement as wall art. At home in an old farm house, country estate, a restaurant with a homey, back to basics, farm to table concept or even in a office as a look back the fine machinery of yesteryear.
Tips for decorating with old tractors for a retro country decor
Decorating your home with farm and tractor decor can provide a sense of peace and coziness that other styles can’t deliver. Rustic tractor and farm designs are perfect for a country kitchen, busy farmhouse or noisy chicken coop – to decorate your favorite room in country style.
Display in groups of three. Odd numbers of items look more appealing and displaying three old tractor photographs will have more impact than a single tractor image.
Go big for a modern look. A wall of smaller items has an old fashioned look, for a modern contemporary style using retro photographs of old tractors, go big with a single large canvas print. Canvas prints are lightweight and can easily be hung and moved if needed.
Rustic farm equipment and photographs of old tractors make a fine way to create a masculine rustic effect in your decor. Hardworking, sweaty, manly farmers and the work horses of the farm – the tractor are as masculine as it gets. Large canvas prints of old tractors would give a large space a modern yet retro masculine look while a more traditional approach is to group a lot of framed images on a single gallery wall.
One of the most beloved movies of all time, “The Sound of Music” starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer came out in 1965 but is still a belo
Based on the memoir “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” by Maria von Trapp, the movie was based on a real life family. And you can hang with decedents of the Trapp family at the Trapp Family Lodge and resort in Stowe, Vermont.
What is the sequel to the movie “The Sound of Music”? The Trapp Family comes to America, tours as a singing group. After living for a short time in Merion, Pennsylvania, where they welcomed their youngest child, Johannes, the family dicovered the mountains of Vermont that reminded them of Austria and they settled in Stowe, Vermont, in 1941. They purchased a 660-acre (270 ha) farm in 1942 and converted it into the Trapp Family Lodge.
In the video above, see if you can spot the maple sap lines along the trails leading down to the Trapp Maple Sugaring House where the sap is boiled down to syrup.
Today the Trapp Family Lodge is a full resort with an Austrian flair. Accommodations from Villas to condos to a hotel with activities from hiking, spa, horse-drawn sleigh rides, Austrian Tea House and even a craft beer brewery and pub.
In the 60’s, fresh from college skiing at Dartmouth, Johannes Trapp is credited with starting the first Nordic ski center in the USA. Today the cross-country skiing facilities at Trapp Family Lodge have been ranked in the top 50 Nordic ski centers in the country.
Trapp Family Lodge features over 37 miles of groomed trails and 62 miles of backcountry trails suitable for cross-country skiers of all ages and abilities. They even have some snow making on the race trails. You can rent equipment at the resort’s Nordic Center, which includes a retail shop, and take a exhilarating trip to Slayton Pasture Cabin where you can warm up on the hearth of a roaring fireplace and replenish your energy with homemade soup, sandwiches, and hot chocolate.
The journey to Slayton Pasture Cabin may be long, but it’s worth it. You’ll know the minute you walk in.
This rustic and cozy log cabin is the perfect rendezvous spot for lunch with family and friends. Take a seat by the hearth of our roaring fireplace and savor some homemade soups and sandwiches.
Then enjoy a hot chocolate, which is the perfect way to warm up after a long day of skiing. Slayton Pasture Cabin is open from 10:00AM-3:00PM daily during the winter months.
We recently took a trip up to Stowe and the Trapp Family Lodge. Its just over an hour up Rt 89 from the Upper Valley to Stowe. An exit at Waterbury with all of its foodie attractions including the Ben and Jerry’s Factory, Cabot Cheese outlet, Lake Champlain Chocolates and the Cider House.
At Stowe we paid our $25 per person trail fee and set off for the Slayer Cabin which makes a great halfway point on a loop up and down the mountain. Its a tough climb all the way up to the cabin but homemade soup ($13 for two smalls and a large bowl for the teenager), outhouses and a warm fire makes a nice stop.
In the winter of 1968, the Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Ski Center opened as the first full service center of its kind in North America. With success came longer trails and construction of the Slayton Pasture Cabin (built in 1971) as a destination lunch and warming facility. Today, the Slayton Pasture Cabin serves soups and sandwiches next to a roaring hearth to guests who are ready and eager to make the 10 kilometer round excursion. For many skiers and hikers, the iconic Cabin represents a special achievement while providing an intimate glimpse into the past of Vermont ski history.
Unfortunately the recent weather – dump of snow and then a couple of warm days followed by cold nights – left the Haul Road trail on the way down rather icy. I ended up walking down a few sections because the trail was shear ice. But over all we always enjoy our trips to this beautiful piece of property in the mountains of Stowe, Vermont.
On the way home who could pass up an opportunity to visit Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream factory in Waterbury, Vermont?
A short movie with scenes from my travels around the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.
New Hampshire and Vermont’s Upper Valley is surrounded by the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire and consists of many small, wonderful towns and cities. Home to DHMC and Dartmouth College, the ninth oldest college in the country and proudly serving the Ivy League community, Hanover New Hampshire offers the hustle and bustle of an upscale-casual city with a small town feel.
The region along the Connecticut river upstream and downstream from Lebanon, New Hampshire and White River Junction, Vermont, is known locally as the “Upper Valley”. The exact definition of the region varies, but it generally is considered to extend south to Windsor, Vermont, and Cornish, New Hampshire, and north to Bradford, Vermont, and Piermont, New Hampshire.
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I use my photography to communicate my vision of the world. My work deals with storytelling in light and shadow from the beauty, texture and shape of every day objects to wonders of the natural world. — Edward M. Fielding
Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.
My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.
Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.
In addition to fine art photography, I enjoy being a staff educator at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon, NH teaching creative technology such as Scratch and Lego Mindstorms robotics to elementary and middle school children.
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