Bringing new life to age-old skills
This site was born out of a desire to become more connected to the land, the traditions and the way of life my grandparents enjoyed as children and even young adults.
Few people my age are fortunate to grow up near several generations of family as they raise their own children, and to glean from decades of wisdom that is fast fleeting today.
Even fewer seem to appreciate the simple pleasures that make a life of contentedness within reach.
Learning how to make things myself, grow and preserve food and be more self-sufficient in general has always been an interest of mine. In recent years, it has been renewed with a new determination.
The goal (for me at least), is not to be driven by fear of the future – but an understanding that life as we know it could always change. Having a basic knowledge of past skills is simply invaluable in any event.
More than ever, I believe it’s important- if not critical – to learn some of the “old ways” of life that modern conveniences have declared impractical.
Fortunately, we can still take advantage of the conveniences that we have for today, while learning the ways of the past. We can even use creativity with some of these time-honored ideas to make them our own, with the resources and the time we have right now.
(As a busy mom, I’ve found that many “homesteading” and “prepping” sites I’ve visited do not always make things accessible for the actual time I have in my day to devote to learning new things and/or worrying about things that I have no control over! Anyone else in that boat with me?)
Much of what I have learned comes through interviews and audio recordings of grandparents, neighbors and others in our rural area who have provided valuable insight into the “then versus now” of daily life.
Contributing authors have also embarked on the same mission of gathering and documenting the wisdom of loved ones and neighbors from across the country. It is an honor to share and preserve these firsthand accounts as they are woven into the heart of this site.
Heritage Revived is an attempt to teach practical, small-scale homesteading, simple living and self-sufficiency concepts on a beginner level, right alongside our family’s learning curve – as we appreciate and cultivate age-old traditions in a modern world.
From our happy little homestead to yours,