See You in a Hundred Years by Logan Ward

See You in a Hundred Years

Years of working long hours surrounded by technology, stress and danger had taken their toll on Logan Ward and his wife Heather. They sold their belongings, packed up their 2-year-old son and moved to a farmhouse in the country. This book tells the story of this family's year in a farmhouse in Swoope, Virginia, living as if it were 1900.

Details See You in a Hundred Years

TitleSee You in a Hundred Years
Release DateMay 11th, 2007
PublisherBenBella Books
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Adult, Book Club, Environment, Sustainability, Biography Memoir, The United States Of America, History, Food and Drink, Food

Reviews See You in a Hundred Years

  • Ruanne
    Worth the read, if only to laugh at them. Why, folks? Why? As far as I can tell, the real driver in their whole adventure must have been the book contract. I can appreciate the desire for a simpler, more rustic, self-sufficient life (hey- I picked up the book, didn't I?), but the strictures they place on themselves are ludicrous. And given that they were determined to live within these boundaries, why didn't they educate themselves more in advanc...
  • Caroline
    The premise of the book was okay, but...I'm a country girl myself. My great grand's house had been outfitted with electricity and running water by the time I came along, but right up the path my grandad still had to get well water and the bathroom consisting of a room with a big metal tin for bathing in (with a chamberpot for the nightly bathroom trips) and an outhouse. So the planting, harvest, totting water to and fro, preserving and pickling, ...
  • Shannon
    I'll admit that I received this book nearly 4 months ago for Christmas and it has languished on a shelf b/c it's non-fiction. My husband was more excited about it and read it not long ago, at which point he strongly encouraged me to make time to read it. With non-fiction books, I essentially have to force myself to get started and then if it's a good book, it's easier to keep going (sort of like a good run where getting out of bed is the hardest ...
  • Cissy
    I really enjoyed this account of a family trying to live a year as though it were 1900 (though I was put off by the many f-words in the first half--just a warning to like-minded friends). First, the author just tells us his family's decision, describes how it went, relates what he thinks of it along the way, and honestly shares his conclusions. There is no agenda, no politics, no beating us over the head with how we all should do this or that. Se...
  • Jennifer
    Logan Ward and his wife Heather took their son and set up house in the Shenandoah Valley here in Virginia. They spent a year living as if it’s the year 1900—growing their own food, forgoing TV and tampons, taking splash baths, etc.Damn, I like this book.It’s not even the 1900 stuff that’s most interesting, although it is. (Their son is still in diapers when they start the project, brave souls.) It’s the interaction with his neighbors, t...
  • Scott
    This is a leisurely read of a family who decides to move from New York City to rural Virginia; and, much more importantly, live without technology that did not exist in the year 1900. This is not an updated Walden. The autobiographer certainly extolls the virtues of living off the land, getting off the grid, and many other sustainability-type coloquialisms. However, the family quickly learns that life with modern techonology is very difficult. Fo...
  • Kfooshee
    This book has left me thinking about it A LOT after reading it. I love books that do that! It is a great reminder of how technology has affected our connection to the earth and our gratitude for the food we eat and the ease of life these days. This book is authored by a man and he has written it like a man, in my opinion, with a slight lack of emotional description (which i sometimes felt like i needed). I appreciated his astute observations and ...
  • Jason
    This book chronicled a family's decision and execution of an idea to live as if it were 1900 for one year. It's a fascinating look at everything they have to remove from their newly-purchased rural farm (such as electricity, indoor plumbing and even the automated water pump) and their resulting dependence on the land, their animals, each other and their community. You'll think they're crazy - they are! - but by the end you'll wonder if you could ...
  • Erika
    Mildly interesting but largely uninspiring, this book is another entry in the 'alternative-living project-lit' category. A young, harried, professional couple (with baby in tow) decide to drop out of the rat race for a year and live on a rural farm as if it were 1900. Clearly the result of a book deal, it feels a little too gimmicky and not very historical. Watch 1900 House or Frontier House by PBS for a more interesting and historically rich rif...
  • Sherri
    I read this book because I thought it would be fun and interesting (which it was), but I was also surprised by its depth. The writing was funny and honest. It was probably more about family and community than it was about the 1900s (though there was that aspect too). The book made me examine my own "modern" life in a way I had not done before. Reading the book was enjoyable and thought provoking -- a rare combination
  • LibraryCin
    Logan and his wife, Heather, decided to leave their jobs and lives in New York City and take their 2-year old to Virginia to buy and live on a farm. Not only that, they were going to renovate the house to make it so that they would be living in the year 1900. They wanted to live this way for a full year. I find these so interesting! There was a British tv show (which gave Logan and Heather the idea) called The 1900 House. Not long after, in Canad...
  • Massanutten Regional Library
    Debbie, Elkton patron, June 2018, 5 stars:What a GREAT book! It happens in our Shenandoah valley! Living as if you were in 1900. Who would ever want to do that? There is lots of humor as this young couple and their 2 yr. old son deal with the 'good 'ol days.' Transportation became bikes and horse and wagon. Communication is by walking to someone's house or writing a letter. Food was grown by you, prepared by you. I loved this real life adventure.
  • Kevin Keith
    See You in a Hundred Years: Four Seasons in Forgotten America, by Logan Ward, is a charming and intriguing contribution to the growing genre of "yuppies back to the land" memoirs. It tells the story of the decision by the author and his wife to not only move to a small farm in a rural area, but make their livings on that farm using only technology from the late 19th Century: no electricity, no cars, no telephone, and no gas or electric farm machi...
  • Mandy Vecero
    This was our community read a few years back. It was a great read. Very interesting to see what it was like for a family to live like it was 100 years ago.
  • Terri
    Well. I finished this book several days ago and have waited to write my review. I'm glad I did. If I had rated it right away, I might have only given it three stars. Two reasons: One, they decide to live as if they are back in the year 1900 (with only 1900 technologies, such as they were) but they didn't prepare well enough (IMO) considering they had a young toddler at the time. Two, I was very disappointed when I read the added updates at the ba...
  • Heather O'Leary
    Learn what it's like to live like people did in the past and without actually having to give up electricity, running water, heat, modern medicine and grocery stores. Recommended for fans of PBS/BBC historical reality TV shows such as Frontier House and Victorian Slum House.
  • Mrs. Killingsworth
    local setting in Augusta County, a couple lives on a farm without plumping or electricity for a year
  • Becky
    Highly highly highly recommend. I would not ordinarily have picked up this book, but my boss (a former English major and fellow bibliophile), brought it in for me because he read it and loved it and thought I might enjoy it as well. He was correct. The premise peaked my interest, the author's writing kept me attentive, and before I knew it I couldn't put it down!There are things Logan and Heather (his wife) did that I wouldn't even have thought o...
  • Kathy (Bermudaonion)
    Have you ever felt so stressed out that you wished for simpler times? That’s exactly how Logan and Heather Ward felt. They were living in New York with their baby - Logan was a writer and Heather worked for a justice-reform think tank. They felt like they worked all the time, but were so stressed they never had time to enjoy anything. They decided to embark on a year long experiment and live like Americans did in 1900.They decided that “If it...
  • Lisa Mettauer
    My cell phone battery just died, and it made better financial sense to buy a new phone than to replace the battery. Of course, my new phone came with a whole slew of new techno bells and whistles, and being a techno-tard, it was just a matter of minutes before I wanted to hurl my phone out the window. I can’t figure these things out.You can imagine then, that a good ‘drop out’ book would be the perfect thing for me to read this year. And I ...
  • Jenny
    I loved the aspect of simplifying life that this family tried to achieve. Simplifying is something I think about a lot, not that I would ever attempt what this family did, but there is an aspect of being connected to the land and the basic necessities of life that was very appealing. In the beginning of their year in 1900, everything focused on food...growing the food, harvesting the food, preserving the was all consuming. I really enjo...
  • Mattalie Mcinerney
    Found this one very disappointing, but I blame myself for expecting more of this "project". From the lack of initial preparation (understandable at times) to the conclusion, there is a sense that the undertaking is a bit fickle. If you can look beyond the early mishaps, which can at times be entertaining, the middle gets very interesting. The family begins to see how their quality of life has actually improved, time has become full but calmer, th...
  • Jennifer
    This book was on my TBR list for a long time and I just couldn't find it or when I did I sent it to the bottom of my pile, returning it before even starting.I made a deal with myself this summer that I could only choose books from my (extensive doesn't even begin to cover it) TBR list when I went to the library and one book of choice had to be a nonfiction selection. This was my first from those parameters.Though I'm glad to have finally checked ...
  • (Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
    With uncanny timing and much stubborn devotion, a Manhattan couple leave the city during the spring of the year 2000 to try an experiment in living history. That is -- they buy a farm and try to live as people would in the year 1900. Of course this proves to be very hard on their bodies as well as their relationship. They must fight the weather, insect invasions, stubborn horses and goats, crazy motorists and major doubts about what they have cho...
  • Natasha
    Yes, another stunt book. This one goes as follows: successful couple from New York, with two year old son, move to the country and try and live life as it would have been lived in 1900 for one year. This was an engaging read, but left me wanting more detail. What was it like to wash diapers by hand with no running water? How was the transition from e-mailing every day to writing letters by hand? Was it miserable to use the outhouse in the middle ...
  • Melody
    Logan and Heather, who both spent some of their early years in Alabama, decide that they need to make a change in their life. They have become far to caught up in their jobs and the busy, impersonal life they are living in New York. Their relationship has grown cold and their two year old son is at day care all day. They take the radical path of ditching all things 21st century to return to the way life was in 1900. They buy a farm and pull out t...
  • Chessa
    Logan Ward and his wife and two year old leave Manhattan to embark on an adventure where they try - as much as is possible - to live like dirt farmers in rural Virginia in the year 1900. They grow and preserve their own food, raise and milk a pair of goats and some chickens, and deal with a somewhat disdainful horse as their mode of transportation. What they didn't expect to necessarily find was such a supportive community, especially since they ...
  • Gina Boyd
    This was a fun and interesting read, and I give the author and his wife credit for following through with it. I also give him credit for being so honest about their feelings and behavior, even when it made them look less than stellar. I think I could do this if I *had* to, and I think most of it is very very appealing, but I wouldn't like using chamber pots and an outhouse AT ALL. I would miss tampons and real pads (with wings! No rags pinned in ...
  • Rikki
    This memoir was clever, funny, and a very quick read. See you in a Hundred Years is Logan Ward's account of a crazy, risky experiment he and his family undertook in 2001. They gave up the hustle and bustle of New York City life and moved to a farm in rural Virginia. As if that wasn't a big enough of an adjustment, they spent the entire year living as if they lived in the year 1900. No electricity, no playschool toys to entertain their son. No dis...