Saturday, June 13, 2015

Wessels Living History Farm The Spirit of American Agriculture

Wessels Living History Farm in York, Nebraska captures the spirit of hard working farmers contributing to the breadbasket of American agriculture.  Learn about farming in the 1920's to present day.  David Wessel donated his land so generations could see the advancement of technology from plowing with horses to huge tractors run by computers.

A plow is a farm tool with  one or more heavy blades that breaks the soil to cut small ditches for sowing seeds.

Engine powered farm tractors made farming easier to plant more seeds.

John Deere was an American mechanic who invented the all steel one piece broad blade to cut through the soil.  He started his own company with his sons so farmers could partake in his innovations.
Enter the house with guided tours of what it was like to live on a farm in the 1920s

Farming was hard work with every member of the family having chores. Women tested to see if the pie was done by sticking their hand in the oven to check the temperature.
Women cooked on cast iron skillets and it took a strong scrubber to clean it.
The 145 acre farm features a red, timber framed barn, corn crib, machine shed, garage, chicken coop and a large windmill of the 1920's.

Learn what it was like to grind up corn into meal.

Live animals are fun for the children to discover.  
Visit a church where people came to worship.  Weddings are performed there.
Take interstate 80 and exit 353 to 5520 South Lincoln Ave in York, Nebraska.  The farm site is open from May 1 to October 31 Mondays to Saturdays from 9:30 to 4:30 and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:30. The farm can be rented for parties, reunions, wedding and other special events.

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