Saturday, July 4, 2009

Living History

We took a road trip to a historic village to spend the 4th of July, and it was wonderful! The era is 1870-1890, (and along with everything!) I really enjoyed the costumed employees!
First, we toured the "Peanut Museum" and observed the peanut plants outside..
now Dad wants to grow peanuts next year!
The Gift Shop
Steam Train Ride
The living history museum sits on 95 acres of beautiful country...
we were able to take a train ride around the site!

I enjoyed seeing the farm animals out there! There were Cows, ducks, geese, sheep and chickens!


1870's Traditional Farmhouse

I *loved it* inside the farmhouses.. rustic simplicity!


The Town Drugstore & Ice Cream Shop

We all sat down to enjoy peach icecream, and enjoyed talking to the ladies who worked there! They were both dressed in "1890's" apparel, which I got excited about! We wore our hat's of course ;)


1890's FarmHouse

I enjoyed watching this lady...she spins the wool of her own sheep, and her close friend dyes the wool different colors at re-enactment events! I asked a few questions, and it was wonderful to hear her knowledge on the subject!


The Commissary (General Store)

I could've stayed in the general store all day! It was wonderful to see the different items from the era, and we had a good laugh to find out that we own a few "period correct" objects at home!


The Blacksmith Shop

I hadn't any idea how hot the fire gets in order to melt the iron; he told me 3000 degrees! Yikes!

A piece of iron being molded into it's new shape!

The finished result: A snake! It was an excellent demonstration :)


The Printing Press

This original press is over 120 years old, and is still in use :)


This inspiring dress was on display in the museum, and (you know me!) I couldn't help myself but *try* to capture it! Hopefully I'll make a dress like this someday :)

It was so hard to leave! We were exhausted from a full day of walking, but it was definetely worth it! Dad expressed his desire to come back in the fall when the weather cools down..that'll be nice!

What a memorable {and Inspiring} Day!


Goose Hill Farm said...

Hello, Mia~

What a wonderful day you all had. I just love dresses they had in that time period...also the farm houses, the clothing, the simplicity of it all....FASCINATING!

I love the pictures of the commissary. It reminds me the St. James general store we had in NY that had penny candy, and its flour and sugar were in big barrels. I have such fond memories of going there with my family.

Thank you for sharing your trip with us!


Jenna said...

Thank you for sharing all the pictures of the beautiful historic village! We live in an OLD farmhouse (can't remember what year exactly) so I love seeing all that kind of stuff!!


Annemary said...

merci beaucoup pour ces belles images d'un autre temps ! ton blog est merveilleux et j'aime le visiter !ça me fait rêver !!!!big kiss et à+

Kate said...

We have a museum like this in New York State called The Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown. I haven't been there in years, but I really enjoy spending a sunny day there. It's also nice because I have to drive through Amish Country to get there. Double the beauty! Thanks for sharing.

Kendra Logan said...

That sounds like *so* much fun!

Miss Eyebright said...

Oh, I love the pictures you took! It would be so neat to visit places like that. I would have loved the spinning demonstration, too.

Have a very bright, very cheerful day!
Miss Eyebright

Hannah said...

That looked like so much fun!!! We have a "living" history museum near us, with cabins, a Native American village, and other old homes (circa 1800's). I love how most of the workers dress in and act in character for the time period they work in.
It is one of my favorite places to visit on day trips, partialy because of the history...and because I am an avid amateur photographer.
I love old homes and vintage-esque things, I really enjoyed scrolling through the photos on your sidebar.
In case you wonder who this new commenter is, my mom loves your blog and got me interested too :-)


p.s. My link is:

McKenzie Elizabeth said...

Hello Mia!
It sounds like you had a super fun day! I loved all the pictures.
Thanks for sharing!

Much Love & Many Blessings..
McKenzie Elizabeth

The Charmed Life Online said...

I just found your blog today and it is breath of fresh air. It is charming to see someone so young and full of God's spirit. Your parents must be so proud. Thank you for sharing your life with us on your blog.

Deanna said...

Dear One,
This was such a fun post. Enjoyed very much.
One of my favorite places to visit in Kansas is the Historic Cow Town in Wichita.
It's so neat how you can walk around and don't have to concern yourself with autos...none in the little town!

God Bless,
'cauz home really is a ministry

Hannah said...

Thank you for your encouraging comment, you are really sweet!

I saw on your profile that one of your favorite movies is Miss Potter, it is one of my all-time favorites!!! As are quite a few others on your


Aunt B said...


Thank you for sharing with us. What a wonderful day to spend with your family.

Aunt B

sarah said...

What fun! That dress is so beautiful :).

Clara Van Nattan said...

wow, what an inspiring historic village - I love spending time in places like that! Love the pics - thanks for sharing! :)

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Mia ~
Thank you for sharing your day. I do believe that you and I were both born in the wrong time era.....LOL
Wouldn't it be grand to live in this time dispensation?

Anonymous said...

Now I would like to go there and visit!
Thank-you for sharing your day with us!
I love that dress too!
I hope you do get to make one just like it!
How's your dress coming along?
How's the new sewing machine working for you?
Can't wait to see photos of your dress!
Have a great week!
Rhonda from northern Minnesota, Near Lake Superior

Miss Jen said...

Dearest Mia,
How lovely indeed!:)
That wedding dress is SO
beautiful!! How lovely that you
got to watch someone spin!!
I hope to do some spinning in the
future!! :) Do you spin?

Many Blessings~ Jen

Vicki said...

Miss Mia, I know you were in "heaven" being there. As I strolled through many of your picture's I saw a chest with folded clothing and it reminded me of you and your chest. I'm sure you all enjoyed yourselves. Glad you had a good time. sister in Christ!!! Sometime's I want to say!!!

Love ya!

Mrs. Vicki (Auntie) :)

aemi said...

Mia, I just LOVE your blog. It's my favorite out of all the blogs I follow. Reading your blog is as refreshing as reading an old book like "Little Women".
It sounds like you had a great July 4th! We went to the lake with other people from our little church. I and the rest of my family had such a wonderful time eating hamburgers and watching fireworks go off around the lake.
Like I said, I love your blog and I hope to hear more from you soon. <><

The Southern Housewife said...

Hi Mia,

Looked like it was a blast! That bedroom was beautiful in it's simplicity!! Thanks for sharing!
The Southern Housewife

Marina said...

I love the pictures and the old time feel of it all. Time really stands still when you look at each one.

Thanks for sharing!

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Cammy said...

Where is this place? I live in Alabama and would love to visit this museaum!

Lisa said...

What a fun day! I love history and historic places.

Lisa Q

sarah in the woods said...

Seeing spinners always makes me happy-sad. I used to have sheep and spin their wool. I loved it. I'm just waiting for the day I can have sheep again.

Rachel said...

Hi Mia, I just found your blog on my sister's blog, I love your blog and find you inspirational. I am a housewife, who homeschools my son, and I am pleased to see that you aspire to that! Your photos are lovely! I will be visiting again.

Southern Maiden said...

Oh Mia, you're so blessed to be living in a place where your family can grow from and learn of things that you wish to learn! You really do have God's blessing on your lives. Ü

Growing In Grace Magazine said...

Oh, cool! That looks like so much fun! Not many places where I live that are still up and running...

~Lady Jess

Laura said...

Looooove this post! So gorgeous!!

Anonymous said...

This is awesome. It's a little far for me but I know my husband would take me. I love it!

Adrian Walker said...

I know where this is! We have a booth at the farmer's market behind the museum! :)