On this particular Saturday, the weather promised not only to be nice, but spectacular- sunny, breezy, no humidity, and 73 degrees. For driving and exploring, and hanging out at an outdoor festival, it doesn't get better than that! We chose an hour and a half trip to The Filley Stone Barn.
I invite you to visit the above link to read up on the interesting history of the barn.
This was the lower level of the barn. This is where the livestock would have been kept. It currently houses broken gates, stall doors, and various old leather and iron tack.
Vendors housed inside the barn on the main machine level for the festival included a glass marble maker and a sock knitter. These knitters were given to women during WWI to knit socks for soldiers. If they met their weekly quota, then they were allowed to keep the machine after the war was over. They came with charts that instructed the user how many rows were needed for each size foot. It was amazing to watch them crank out socks!
Note the axle jack on the right side that tips the
wagon to allow cobs to fall.
Outside there were wagons filled with dry feed corn. The corn was then gravity fed and hand guided to a conveyer that shot it through a shelling machine. This machine removed the dry kernels from the cob. They fell into a hopper and the cobs flew from the machine like precision agricultural projectiles into another waiting wagon.
A stunning team of draught horses pull a plow, tilling under the corn stalk trash. The little girl is wearing her homesteading dress. This is common for 4th graders here. They spend the year learning about state history, culminating in a week of dressing up and going on experience immersion field trips.
Also on hand were manual corn shellers, corn crackers, a couple pressing sorghum canes and boiling down the juice to sorghum syrup. There was a booth full of classic pioneer toys. The field had a working water windmill and a hand pump, which the children were encouraged to check out. The adjoining field was lined with restored antique cars and tractors.
The historical society put on a pot luck lunch inside the barn. It is a jaw dropping, amazing place. The floors on this level are wood planks that are 3 inches thick and the open hay loft is just amazing.
Vendors outside were a mix of flea market and local people that market big name products, which didn't hold any interest for me and honestly kind of ruined the whole ambiance of the historical location and event. There were a few people there selling farm antiques, food, and farm products like eggs, milk, cheese, baked goods, and goat soap. I was shocked to see that there was NO ONE there making and selling apple butter. I guess that's MY thing. If I didn't live so far away, I'd volunteer to do that every year!
It was a lovely day!