Country Games: Marble Game, Mumblety-Peg and More

Recapture simple living from a bygone era and play country games such as pitching horseshoes, play-party and more.

Barn Illustration
Come autumn, boys arrived at school with serious pursuit in mind, their pockets bulging with marbles.
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Marble Illustration
Country boys knuckling down for a brisk game of marbles probably didn’t know they were engaging in a pastime popular among the ancient Romans.
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Horseshoe Illustration
An aura of superstition has surrounded the horseshoe for centuries. Ancient Romans attributed magical properties to anything made of iron, and so equine hardware was regarded as a good-luck symbol.
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Jackknife Illustration
A popular game in those times was variously known as mumble-the-peg, mumblety-peg, or mumblepeg, depending upon the area from which you hailed. Two players or more could take part, the only prerequisites being their jackknives and soft ground.
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House Illustration
The clang of a horseshoe landing bestride its mark is a summer sound that evokes memories of good companionship, good exercise, and possibly a good cold drink of well water.
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