We had our first Acorn Hollow N. Ga activity this January. To tie in with Charming of the Plough we went to Storm Mtn outside of Cherokee NC where the Davies’ Farm is located. It is a complete protected non operational farmstead (the buildings, etc are real not replicas and the site is the actual home site) from the 1800s. It is a gorgeous place, a valley surrounded by mountains with a river on one side not even 30 feet from the homestead. It is also nice in that it hasn’t been commercialized. No speakers blasting out facts, no gift shop, no guided tour, just the quiet of the location and farmstead with small informative plaques staked into the ground.
We talked about the methods of farming, the important crops, the different buildings, the importance of location, using resources wisely, the necessity of discipline, ingenuity and adaptability and also about the extreme importance of success in a time where one couldn’t run to the grocers if they ran out of food or supplies. The children got to see everything from the main house and barn to the blacksmithing shed, corn crib, smokehouse, beekeeping area among others.
One of the cool things about the Davies’ Farm is that one of the older gentlemen that works for my father in law, his great grandfather was born on this farm so that really helped to bring home the continuity of it all to the kids. It wasn’t just that this was a farm from long ago, they knew descendants of the people who built it and worked it.
It is a beautiful farm in an equally beautiful location. It got cold, as when we got there it was 59 by the time we left it was 37, but it was so much fun. The children didn’t want to leave. Neither did I.
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Category: 2009 Diary
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