Monday, October 12, 2009

Landis Valley Farm Museum

On Sunday my father treated us to a member ship at the Landis Valley Farm Museum. This weekend they were having their Harvest Days which is my favorite time of year to go. It's nice to know that we can go to all the events there for a year for free! In the spring they have a great herb and heirloom plant/seed faire. They also have a wonderful event for children at Christmas and on Sundays in the summer I believe they have ice cream socials. Plus Zoe (and I) can learn all sorts of cool things like how they used to make lace or dip candles or how they baked bread in an outdoor oven. How to use oxen to plow fields, dying, spinning and weaving wool, what an old fashioned general store looked like. I find the whole place fascinating!









18 comments:

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Wow, that farm museum looks like so much fun! It reminds me of Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. I love visiting hands-on museums that allow you to step back in time...it's just so interesting to learn about the "old ways." :)

Thank you again for all the lovely ideas for our visit to the Lancaster area this weekend. We can't wait!!!

Theresa

Kristen said...

Oh that place looks so much fun, how far away is it from you? I have been to Sturbridge Village, that is about an hour from me and sort of the same. You made me think I need to go there now, Thanks! Those work horses are fine looking too, your daughter must have had a good time there (you too)

Kristen said...

What is that guy making in picture #4?

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

The guy in picture #4 is carving a stone that people would put on the front of their house. You see a lot of those on old houses around here that say the family name or initials and the date the house was built. They are part of the house set inbetween the stone or brick. I'm not sure what it's called though.
Landis Valley is literally a straight line from my house, about 6 minutes away. Only turns I have to make are out of my driveway and into theirs- nice:)

Possible Impossibilities Studio said...

Oh my gosh, I love every single photo! The drafts, the carving, those amazing old boxes etc.on the shelves... Wonderful place!! You're lucky to live so close.

Rue said...

This looks like a wonderful place to spend some time! How great that they offer lessons in these amazing crafts! You'll have a fun year here - what a lovely gift!

Kathleen Coy said...

WAY cool, what a thoughtful gift!
BTW Jen, I am in LOVE with that tom turkey photo, I think it's the best I've ever seen!

Judith said...

Nice to visit, yes, but then go home and hug your washer and dryer, and kiss your stove!!!!

Jennifer Rose said...

what a nice thing for your dad to do! :D

i love going to places like that, really interesting to see how things are done, and i can get away with acting like a kid lol

JeniQ said...

Hi - Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm sorry it took me so long to notice. You have beautiful art work I love it all.

As for the guy in photo #4 and the stone he's carving. Those are called "Corner Stones". You see them on very old buildings usually it's the first 'stone' set above the foundation.

Lin said...

Nice photos. Look at the lace making!!! wow.

photogchic said...

Man...that looks so fun. I would go there ALL the time. So cool.

Danielle Barlow said...

Beautiful photos, especially the lace - making. I love the little lace bodkins, but my, ot would annoy me to try and do anything so painstakingly delicate!

Erica said...

What fun! I love the photo of the lady making lace! I have been semi interested in learning how to do that so that I can make a lace design that I really want (but have never seen.)

I also love the turky!

Erica said...

What fun! I love the photo of the lady making lace! I have been semi interested in learning how to do that so that I can make a lace design that I really want (but have never seen.)

I also love the turky!

Lisa said...

Great shots Jen. You know, I have never been there ~ sad since we live so close. I've always heard about it and it looks great based on your entry.

Zan Asha said...

Ok, it's official Jen, I am sorry but I'm moving in with you to partake in all the old-fashioned glory! It's torture, I tell ya, to be stuck in the city and staring at such loveliness that's maybe 4 hours away! :)

Anne Marie said...

you hit on one of my favorite 'dreams'.......I love going to those places, the truly inspire me to work more with my hands......(but I only like to go on 'off days' when the crowds are not there ;)