Harlan & Anna Hubbard - Homestead Life On the Fringe

“It was here in this Trimble County, Ky., river bottom that Harlan and Anna Hubbard spent 34 years living off the land by tending goats, gardening, canning, fishing, weaving, gathering wood and scavenging for useful items that washed ashore.…

“…By all accounts, the Hubbards graciously invited everyone in, often fed them and led tours of their quaint household, which to this day lacks electricity, plumbing or running water.…”

The Hubbards remind me somewhat of Helen and Scott Nearing, who wrote Living the Good Life (1954). They were heros of ’60s homesteaders, gardeners and builders.

Click here for Hubbard story.

Sent us by Mike W, who spotted it on Flying Tortoise blog from New Zealand.

2 Responses to Harlan & Anna Hubbard - Homestead Life On the Fringe

  1. "Shantyboat" by Harlan Hubbard is one of my all time favorites…..I've read all of the books he and Anna released…..all of them incredible.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Scrap said:
    Many who have studied Hubbard like to say he lived his art. Or that his art was an extension of his life.
    Henry County, Ky., author Wendell Berry wrotes in his 1990 book, "Harlan Hubbard Life and Work," that Hubbard was admittedly influenced by the writings of Henry David Thoreau. "Harlan loved Thoreau, read him closely and acknowledged his influence," Berry wrote.
    But Berry notes that while Thoreau spent two years living in simplicity and solitude at Walden Pond, the Hubbards spent half their lives at Payne Hollow.
    "Their more elaborate household, enlarged necessity, and 20-times longer tenure provide far better education and proof of their common principles than Thoreau was able to provide," Berry wrote.
    Later, Berry writes that Hubbard "had a Blakean horror of the industrial mind and its products. He knew better than to believe that he could escape the influence of that mind or even put himself safely beyond its reach. But he meant certainly to distinguish himself and his life from it; he meant to keep himself at some distance from it. He had in his mind and body the wherewithal to do that, and to a remarkable extent he succeeded.”
    Berry was a close friend of Hubbard's and among the callers at the Canida home when the artist lay dying

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