Dear Friend of Blackacre, 
               Presley and his wife Jane spent $268.40 on the construction of their home (now the Presley Tyler House c.1844) which you can still enjoy today. The all brick farm house includes a formal parlor, family living room, dining room downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs.
              Consider the following actual family budget from the late 1800’s for a husband, wife and three kids: 
  • $28.00 a month for food. 
  • $4.00 for utilities, including fuel, light and ice for the ice box (which people used before electric refrigerators). 
  • $1.50 a month for streetcars (‘City Slickers’). 
  • $9.00 a month for everyone’s clothing needs. 
  • $1.00 a month for general household expenses.
              Imagine spending $1.00 a month for general household expenses which is the equivalent of $23.38 today. My how times have changed! Life at Blackacre remains financially challenging given ever increasing operational costs and necessary repairs for a nearly 200-year old homestead. We appreciate your careful consideration of a tax-deductible end-of-year gift which will be long cherished into the new-year. In the pioneering spirit please help us to continue preserving and protecting Blackacre for your family and generations to come. 
Thank you,