We’ve gone to our share of Fall Festivals at local pumpkin patches over the years. Now, they are all great fun for the kidlets, but this year we got an extra special treat by having a fall festival at a local historical farm. I must say, this was as much fun but less expensive than our Civil War Days event last Spring (note that the link takes you to my other blog, The Wonder Years). The weather was hot, but not so unbearable in the shade of the many trees on the homestead.
The 1916 barn with the cloud-streaked blue sky for a backdrop.
K looks on as a quilter hand-quilts a beautiful blanket.
Laundry hung on the clothesline near the wood stove.
We got to sample freshly baked cornbread made in the hired hands quarters.
We used the horse drawn carriage hayride shuttle around the farm.
M and E outside the 1850’s pioneer log cabin
A rag rug is being made on the loom with strips of cloth inside the log cabin.
Cowboys resting in-between gunfights.
K and the girls got to make hand-dipped candles.
Inside the 1900s one-room schoolhouse. The teacher was using K and E to demonstrate what happens to little girls who pass notes in class – they get to spend time with their noses to the blackboard.
The girls got to paint with easels outside the schoolhouse. M was painting a picture of the chicks that her school is hatching this week. K is painting some modern art for us.
E painting a self-portrait.
We even received a mini science lesson as another hayride driver stopped to pick up this garter snake to show and tell about.
The girls showing off their souvenirs – coyote tail for M, rabbit skin for E, and feather fan for K.
It was a fantastic day of fun and sun and living history. Much better than a trip to the same old pumpkin patch (but they’ll do that next weekend with Grandma).