Farm Heritage Day

Farm Heritage Day is the Farm’s headline event each year.  It is held on the Sunday afternoon following the last Saturday in September.  At that time, the Farm is opened to the public for an afternoon of celebrating the living history of farm life and skills of late 19th & 20th century family farms.  The event is completely free and open to the public.  Most attendees are young families with school-age children, but many older adults have attended, recalling activities from their youth or memories of stories told by their parents.

Visitors may see or participate in common scenes of farm life, such as clothes washing, butter churning, corn shelling and grinding, making corn husk dolls, and pecan shelling, just to name a few.  Vendors who deal in farm-related products are also present and offer their products for sale.  Examples are alpaca goods, honey and soap.  A horse or tractor drawn hayride is always a popular attraction.  And of course, there are plenty of farm animals to see as the property is a working farm.  There are also educational stations set up by organizations dealing with land and water conservation, farming, or the preservation of natural flora and fauna.

Inside the 1913 restored farmhouse, visitors have the opportunity to see quilting, spinning wheels, furniture and clothing of the period and a special room that exhibits and showcases a particular aspect of farm life during the period.  These have included a cotton office, a typical children’s room with period toys, and a display showing the introduction and history of the postal Rural Free Delivery (RFD) service along with period stamps and the children able to postmark their own letters.  The kids can also try their hand at a manual sewing machine.

 

 

Following are a few highlights from past Farm Heritage Days.

September 29, 2019 – “Farm Heritage Day”

 

September 30, 2018 – “Farm Fun Day”

An event co-hosted with the Indian Trail Chapter of the Master Naturalists, Ellis County Museum, Inc., & Waxahachie Chautauqua Assembly

 

 

 

 

October 1, 2017 – Rural Heritage Day

An event to introduce the Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm