Saturday, August 7, 2010

Visiting the Pomeroy Farm

We had an interesting visit today to a local living history farm called the Pomeroy Farm. It was settled by the Pomeroys in 1910, and portions of the farm have been preserved and are open to the public once a month. People can see what life was like "in the old days." This weekend the farm is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a showing of quilts. All the quilts on display throughout the farm were made by or collected by members of the family. Some are quite old and weathered, others look newer, but spread out all over the farm it made quite a sight. I'll put a bunch of photos here instead of trying to explain everything. Here are images from our day:

The house was made from logs, and has much of its original "charm" inside.

One of the farmers demonstrated an old saw run by tractor power. He was cutting up logs for firewood.

The kids got to experience how much work it took to churn butter.

Even Annika got up the nerve to feed the goats!

The blacksmith shop was up and running. The smell of coal was thick.

Some old vehicles and farm equipment were on display. This truck had a burlap sack hung in front of the radiator. These were used to cool water.

This fellow was hard at work using different wood-working tools.

We got to learn how to put together quilt blocks. These would be sewn together and donated to various charities.

The gals in this section helped us assemble the blocks, and then they sewed them together so we could see what they looked like.

Annika stands proudly by her finished quilt block, on the door by her head.

And here is Gabriel's finished block.

I even joined the fun!

Quilts were hung all over the farm, and blew gently in the breeze.

Several quilts had this sweet little girl motif.

The back porch looked so charming from the garden!

Even this car had a quilt covering! Someone put a lot of love into that project!

We had a relaxing, creative, informative afternoon.

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