Pass the farm, please
Published 9:05 am Tuesday, August 6, 2013
A farm museum offers a one-of-a-kind learning experience as you travel back in time through agriculture.
Families passed down the farm for generations, sending along with it heritage, history and critical lifeskills. Two top farm museums in the region are The Mountain Farm Museum in Oconaluftee, near Cherokee, N.C. and the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum near Pendleton, S.C.
Oconaluftee offers both a visitor center and the Mountain Farm Museum – a collection of historic log buildings gathered from throughout the Smoky Mountains and preserved on a single site. Buildings include a house, barn, applehouse, springhouse and smokehouse.
The Mountain Farm Museum is a unique collection of farm buildings assembled from locations throughout the park. Visitors can explore a log farmhouse, barn, apple house, springhouse and a working blacksmith shop to get a sense of how families may have lived 100 years ago. Most of the structures were built in the late 19th century and were moved here in the 1950s. The Davis House offers a rare chance to view a log house built from chestnut wood before the chestnut blight decimated the American chestnut in our forests during the 1930s and early 1940s. The museum is adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.