Croquet on the Lawn
A game of croquet on the front lawn of Perry Guile's house in Milo. The
house still stands, though the front porch has been removed, and the picket
fence is long since gone. Croquet was a very popular game during the 1870s,
as women could play even in their confining clothing, and it was decororous
enough for mixed company.
The picture is one of those in the 1876 Ensign, Everts & Ensign
Centennial Atlas of Yates County. Besides maps of each town, village
and hamlet which show lot lines and property owners, the Atlas contains
dozens of delightful drawings of houses, farms and other buildings. Nearly
all of them show the inhabitants at their daily business, and richly reward
Notice the windows shuttered against the sun, the lace curtains on the
parlor window, the "casual" clothing of the ladies and gentlemen, the small
shade trees and even the total absence of foundation plantings to obscure
the handsome lines of the house.