WAXAHACHIE — Visitors to Lu Ann Aday’s home will soon have the chance to take a trip back through time to learn how agriculture built Ellis County.
Rural Heritage Day is set to be held at Aday’s farm from 12:30-4 p.m. on Oct. 1. The event will allow guests to experience how people grew crops, created goods and cared for animals. It is free and open for the public to attend.
“We want to provide opportunities for people of all ages to experience the living history of a farm,” event organizer Lou Ann Aday said. “So that they become more aware of some of the ways of life that people had on the farm in terms of the skills and crafts they needed to learn.”
According to the event’s website, the 145-acre farm is the remnant of the Marvin W. and Mattie F. Aday Farm. At the center of the farm is the restored 1913 Texas Prairie-style farmhouse.
“The site is comprised of working and native prairie areas,” the website states. ”The heritage farm will offer organized tours, active learning opportunities, educational and living history programs and garden or row crop or native prairie demonstration projects to provide opportunities for future generations to gain an understating and appreciation of rural life in the late 19th and early to mid 20th century in Ellis County.”
The farm will have several demonstrations that visitors can see and take part in. Some of these activities include soap making, cotton ginning, how to shell corn and mill corn into corn meal. Hayrides will be available as well. Animals, such as cows and goats, will also be present at the farm.
“Another thing that we will be doing with our demonstrations and living history will show how cording was done. That process takes wool and turns it into a thread to use for sewing,” Aday explained. “It kind of gives a sense of that very active farm life and all that went into sustaining farm families and making a living.”
The Texas Farm Bureau will also have its mobile learning barn on site for visitors to view.
According to the Texas Farm Bureau’s website, the trailer can feature up to seven different crops and livestock including corn, cotton, grain sorghum, pork and cattle. Samples of various commodities and their by-products are also displayed.
In addition to the live demonstrations, there will be vendors who will be selling farm products. One such vendor will be selling items made out of alpaca wool. There will also be outdoor games. At 2 p.m. the Rev. Heath Sims with Bethel United Methodist Church will give a blessing of the farm. A free barbeque lunch will be provided to visitors courtesy of Waxahachie High School Culinary Arts students.
Aday’s goal with the project is to turn the property into a working farm year round that people can visit to learn about the role farming has played over the years in Ellis County.
“We just want to encourage people to come out and just have a good time,” Aday remarked. “We hope the weather will be nice and that it will be a pleasant and full day for everyone.”
For more information about the event contact the Ellis County Museum at 972-937-0681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information can be found online at www.ruralheritagefarm.org or by searching Facebook at Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm. The farm is located at 130 Cunningham Meadows Road in Waxahachie.
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