Their continuity is a triumph.
All good things come to an end? Ending of an era? Sign of the times? Hard to find cheap labor?
In 1632, John Tuttle arrived from England to a settlement near the Maine-New Hampshire border, using a small land grant from King Charles I to start a farm. John Tuttle was shipwrecked off the Maine coast before arriving at his land grant, which boasted a mature stand of white pine trees. He cut them down and farmed around the stumps, starting what would become 250 years' worth of subsistence farming by Tuttles.
Eleven generations and 378 years later, his field-weary descendants -- arthritic from picking fruits and vegetables and battered by competition from supermarkets and pick-it-yourself farms -- are selling their spread, which is among the oldest continuously operated family farms in America.