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Sep
19
2008

Jacob’s Ladders are back in stock in the gift shop!

The wooden Jacob’s Ladder toys are still only $8.50 each including tax. If you live out of town and would like to order them, our minimum shipping and handling charge is $8.00.

There is debate as to whether Jacob’s Ladders were in use in the 18th century. The earliest reference we have found to them is in the early 19th century, after Joel Lane’s death.

While the toy may not be authentic to the 18th century, we find that it is not only fun to play, but also educational. The young (and not so young!) are fascinated as they try to understand the intricacies of its design. In September, our staff and volunteers spent hours in the booth figuring out new ways of using it. Can we say the same about many of the games our children play today?


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What visitors say

Thank you for touring us around the Joel Lane House. Our architecture and the way we live has come a long way throughout the years. You really gave us great information on what life was like back when Joel Lane was alive. They lived in very harsh conditions with no heat or air condition which would be very tough today. I appreciate all your help and time put in to tour us around the house.

Ward