Fruitlands (transcendental Center)

Fruitlands (transcendental Center)

Fruitlands was a Utopian agrarian commune established in Harvard, Massachusetts by Amos Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane in the 1840s, based on Transcendentalist principles. An account of its less-than-successful activities can be found in Alcott's daughter Louisa May Alcott's Transcendental Wild Oats.

Lane purchased what was known as the Wyman farm and its 90 acres (360,000 m2), which also included a dilapidated house and barn. Residents of Fruitlands ate no animal substances, drank only water, bathed in unheated water, and did not use artificial light. Additionally, property was held communally, and no animal labor was used.

The community was short-lived and lasted only seven months. It was dependent on farming, which turned out to be too difficult. The original farmhouse, along with other historic buildings from the area, is now a part of Fruitlands Museum.

Read more about Fruitlands (transcendental Center):  History, Philosophy, Residents, Dissolution and Legacy

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Fruitlands (transcendental Center) - Dissolution and Legacy
... The biggest challenge at Fruitlandswas the farming aspect the community had arrived at the farm a month behind the planting schedule and only about 11 acres 45,000 m2 ... teaching or philosophizing instead of working in the field,which made farming difficult ... Using only their own hands,the Fruitlandsresidents were incapable of growing a sufficient amount of food to get them through the winter ...