Howell Farm is a Time Machine

 

Howell Living History Farm is a time machine that takes you back to the year 1900 - a time when horses and buggies traveled the lanes of Pleasant Valley, and when farms were bordered by snake fences and Osage orange trees.

You were a farmer, then…the kind that could drive a team of horses and plow a furrow with a walking plow. You could build a barn, or deliver a lamb, or bake a loaf of bread from wheat that you grew yourself. And you may have been remembered for the time you canned 200 quarts of tomatoes in a day, or the May Day you went to town in a one-horse sleigh.

The years 1890-1910 were a pivotal decade that saw the beginnings of an exciting, sophisticated agricultural technology. Gasoline engines challenged the human arm - and the horse. Multi-row implements revolutionized cropping methods, doubling and tripling the average farmer's productivity.

The importance of this moment to the nation, and to the world, cannot be overestimated. Through the genius of forebears who mastered the art of farming, we are free today to pursue careers that add to a high level of living. We are challenged, at the same time, by the task of feeding less fortunate world neighbors.

Howell Farm's "Living History" enriches the present through reenactment of the past. But the past holds more than cultural riches. It holds tangible wealth for present and future generations. As you, the visitor, explore history by walking back in time, you will discover that millions of farmers in Asia, Africa and India are using similar animal-powered technology to feed growing populations and to eliminate the drudgery of hand labor. Howell Farm's Internship Program provides training for small-farm extension agents who will work overseas teaching others how to introduce or upgrade animal-powered farming systems. It will offer you new insights into the relativity - and utility - of history.

Today, if it is time to harvest corn, you can ride up into a field in a horse drawn wagon, help us shock and pick corn, and return to the barnyard to help shell it, grind it, and bake it into cornbread. We invite you to help us plant, cultivate and harvest our crops, to care for our animals, to sweep our barn, to make soap, butter and ice cream, and of course to sit under the maple tree and talk about the future. (The future looks good, by the way. There are rumors of "combines", horseless buggies and automatic ice cream makers.)

Stop by on Saturday.  That's when most of the neighbors do.

Howell Farm is a place where generations meet and share that gift we call heritage. Join us. It is heritage with a future.

 
 
Howell Farm is owned by Mercer County and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission with the support and assistance of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm. The farm is an educational facility open to the public that preserves and interprets farming life and processes from the era of 1890-1910. Howell Farm is a proud member of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM).

This website is a project of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm and the text and graphic contents of this website are © 2014  by The Friends of Howell Living History Farm.

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