Saturday, December 28, 2013

Working Farm (Historical)

One of the coolest things at the Kings Mountain State Park was a reproduction of a working 19th Century farm. Most of the building were original structures that were dismantled and transported to this location. There was no one official on site the day we were there, so I couldn't get information on some of the buildings. So here are photos.

We think this was housing for a farm worker. It was not the main house.

Barn and smithy.

For the rendering of sorghum into syrup.

Small vineyard.

This was a very impressive cotton gin. Apparently in working condition.

Stairs to top floor of the gin.

Under the cotton gin building. Wagon for transport of both raw cotton and processed cotton bales.

Cotton gin on right, fallow field in center, corn crib on right.

This would have been the main house of a prosperous cotton farm.

We could find no indication of what this building could have been. I suspect it was representative of a springhouse or well housing.


Mark Gelbart said...

The vinyard looks smaller than mine.

I visited a replica of a working farm at Land between the Lakes and also at the Foxfire homestead in northeast Georgia.

We had an interpeter with us at the Foxfire homestead. The Foxfire book series is pretty interesting. They are a collection of accounts from old folks who used to live in rural Appalachia early in the century.

James Robert Smith said...

Seems I've passed two Foxfire homesteads. One was in Georgia, the other in Virginia.

The largest private vineyard I've ever seen was one owned by a friend of my father's near Macon. His last name was Rumble. Interesting guy. He had a truly amazing vineyard on his 500-acre farm.

I recall that my father used to sell a ton of the Foxfire books in his stores. Couldn't keep them in stock.

Happytrails said...

Interesting trip in history of a working farm and how hard /different life was back in earlier times. Very beautiful land.