The small log dwelling stands on 12 acres planted pre-Revolution style in corn, tobacco, wheat, flax, rye and barley, plus a kitchen garden and orchard. Park Service staffers and volunteer interpreters wear period costume and use historical tools.
Of the area's several Colonial-era farms, this is the most modest and least developed, and that's the source of its charm. No fancy paving or elaborate signage here; footpaths lead to pastures, a small barn, a single-room house and an orchard. Turkeys live in an enclosure of sticks. The farm is worked, by hand, by volunteers in period clothing, making clear the difficulties of working land with nothing but simple hand tools.
Our kids were at first confused, but ultimately amused, by the wonderfully poker-faced child volunteers who earnestly played the role of 18th-century farm kids. If you're looking for production value demonstrations, it's best to wait for special events, which include musical performances and special demonstrations; call for a schedule.
-- John Kelly and Craig Stoltz
Words to the wise: This place will be difficult for the disabled, or for kids in that awkward age between backpack-riding and full mobility.