Recently, one of our young oxen was found taking an adventure of his own around the historic village. Buck was breaking out of his pasture and having a tour around behind Jones Farm. He would then go down to the Shaker Trustee Building and finish up with a trip to the Grieve’s Brewery. Mr. Sanbury gave him a very stern talking to after fixing many of then fences and adding chains to the gates on his pasture. Ironically, Dan does not seem interested in the grass on the other side of the fence.
In the 19th century, oxen were wondering loose quite frequently. Ads were often placed in newspapers telling owners to come retrieve their oxen from a neighbor’s property. There were sometimes fines associated with this if the ox had destroyed anything of value to the neighbor. An ox is an ox no matter the century it seems!