Pass the farm, please
Published 9:05 am Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The site also demonstrates historic gardening and agricultural practices, including livestock. An inexpensive, self-guiding tour booklet is available.
Two excellent walking trails start from the vicinity. The Oconaluftee River Trail follows its namesake stream for 1.5 miles to Cherokee. Mingus Creek Trail climbs past old farms to the Smokies high country. The easy, 1.5 mile Oconaluftee River Trail begins near the entrance to the museum. It is stroller-accessible and follows the river to Cherokee, N.C.
Just this past June, the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina had its grand opening in Pendleton. The museum offers visitors a chance to experience agriculture and the impact of the industry on the state, in a real hands-on way, from an interactive milking cow to a hands-in-the-dirt teaching garden. Exhibits are focused not only on history, but the future of agriculture and how much science, technology, engineering and mathematics go into the art of farming.