Farm Life

Alfred Watson spent the first eight years his life in the town of Clarksburg, West Virginia where he spent hours exploring the fields and farms near his rural home.   When his father deserted the family in 1924, he returned with his family to to Pennsylvania.

Years later, when a job transfer took him to northern Pennsylvania,  he began to photograph the nearby farms and animals which reminded him of his childhood years in West Virginia.  

This serene image of a 1940s Venango County barn is highlighted by an intricate design of fleecy white clouds overhead.

In an era before gas-driven tractors, a farmer plows his field with his team of white horses. Taken in Venango County, Pennsylvania in the mid-1940s.

A horse peeks his head out of a barn as he waits for his owner to return from the fields.  Taken in the mid-1940s in rural Venango County, Pennsylvania

A farmer drives his team along a winding road in rural Venango County, Pennsylvania while a passenger enjoys the ride. Late 1940s image.