Harriet Hayes Noyes Skinner

Harriet Hayes Noyes Skinner, born in  Vermont in 1817, was John Humphrey Noyes’ younger sister and one of his early converts.  She joined the O. C. in 1848 with her husband and son and became one of the intellectual leaders of the community through her writing and leadership.   She was one of the principal “mothers” of the community whose advice and counsel was sought by young and old alike.   Sexual liaisons or “interviews”  between men and women were most often arranged through her.  She was a prolific writer and contributed and/or edited many of the Community publications, including Oneida Community Cooking, published in 1873.

Like an 19th century Michael Pollen, Harriet advocated for local fresh ingredients as the key to delicious food and  healthy eating.  Harriet’s philosophy of food and cooking is strikingly modern.  Follow Harriet’s blog to learn more about O.C. food, cooking and cuisine.


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