What do you eat at a picnic in 1894?

A Sunday school picnic on a May day provides a slice of life of Canton 1894. Two Sunday school groups met at the courthouse in downtown Canton and then traveled by wagons to an area on the Field Plantation. (The plantation, Etowah Vale, was covered by water with the advent of Lake Allatoona in the 1940s but Field’s Landing takes its name from the family.)

Ball games, running, races, jump rope and a tour of the dairy were part of the day as a newspaper describes.

But food was the main attraction: chicken and ham, cakes, jellies, pies, pickles, salad and “everything good.” And “some of the boys drank so much milk … that they could eat no dinner.”

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