Column: They Made Short Beds in History

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: They Made Short Beds in History

Snippet: Bed sizes confused me when I was young. Not my bed, but those in old museum houses; it was as if everyone remained kid-size or slept curled in a ball. An average adult—man or woman—couldn’t stretch out comfortably for a good night’s sleep in the crude furnishings. Back then I believed the staff had simply cut corners and made beds smaller than they should have been.

I’ve toured numerous historic structures since then. After seeing many short beds, I began to remove the blame from the staff and place it in the hands of the settlers. Did they make short beds to save material or was something else responsible? Still, the question remained: Why would they make a bed too short in which to properly sleep?

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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2 thoughts on “Column: They Made Short Beds in History

    • Marion, you are right. My column this week is about the height of humans in the past several centuries. We are much taller today than they were 300 years ago. You’d be hard pressed to find a man over six feet back then. Now, they’re everywhere.

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