Which means everything is grown naturally without chemicals and only tools available at the time are used. This is why we saw a lot more grass and weeds growing amongst the vegetables than you would now days. I would not like to be in charge of weeding these fields by hand or even by hoe.
They had a big chicken coop with chickens running around.
The farmhouse was built in 1856 in the Gothic Revival style and was a typical middle class home of that time.
It has a sitting room, dining room and kitchen downstairs and three bedrooms upstairs.If you look at the photo of the front of the house it has very small bedroom windows and the side photo shows larger windows. But since the upstairs was not open to the public I didn't get a chance to see how the bedrooms were laid out. Those tiny windows upstairs in the front were confusing me.
The house had this really cool side porch. I want this porch. And screen door.
This is the porch and water pump on the other side of the house.
I thought this sign was cute. It was VERY hot the day we were there and there were lots of kids running around and not paying the least bit of attention to this sign.
This is the summer kitchen which is totally separated from the house. I can see where they wouldn't want the entire house to be heated up by their regular stove in the middle of an Ohio summer. It's not the heat, it's the humidity!
The door to the basement is located outside. My grandmother's house had one of these doors, there was no entrance to the basement from the house.I overheard a Mom tell her kids that this is the tornado shelter (lol). I guess that is true, but I think she is thinking more in the lines of The Wizard of Oz.
Help Auntie Em, let me in!
They were drying their laundry outside today. There are a number of real life reenactors that walk around the farm and answer questions so this may be some of their actual laundry.
The garden shed. Isn't this cute.
This is the two story root cellar. It was situated on a hill, so the first floor was for storage of equipment and the bottom floor was where they stored their canned goods, potatoes and apples.
This is the kitchen of the farmhouse. I love the yellow of the built-in cupboard.
Notice the blue of this cabinet. It is similar to some of the teal blues that are so popular today in decorating.
The sink area.
And a pie safe. No pies were in it today though.
Look how narrow the back steps to the second floor are. I peaked up there and they were ridiculously steep. I could see myself tumbling down them in the middle of the night.
This is the sitting room. The wallpaper was a bit much and so out of character compared to the rest of the house, but the family would have used this room for formal gatherings, funerals and weddings also so that is probably why they spent money on wall decor and carpeting in this room only.
The main hallway staircase was beautiful.
It was very well designed because with both the back and front doors open there was a nice breeze flowing through.
There is a ravine behind the house.That is one thing that most people don't realize about Ohio, there are a lot of ravines. Ohio's not just one big cornfield with Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati thrown in there.
Some ravines have little streams at the bottom like this one, but a lot are really old ones where the water doesn't flow anymore. Sort of like miniature Grand Canyons. Really, really miniature Grand Canyons. With trees.
Since this is a real working farm there was livestock.Lambs
And a baby cow who was tied to the railing of the barn.
Isn't he cute. At first I had thoughts of veal, but he's just tied there so he doesn't get lost.
This last photo is not mine, but as I was putting my photos together I realized that I forgot to take a photo of the barn. And it was a very pretty barn.