Farm Heritage Day Oct.6
Farm Heritage Day is October 1. That means the whole month of October is under way. I must say it begins with full momentum.
Please help spread the word by telling your neighbors, by face book or twittering your friends.
The schedule for Farm Heritage Day looks like this.
9am hay rides begin when enough people fill the wagon.The exhibits will be available during most of the day.
Indigo dyeing, Indigo dyeing and the history of indigo are particularly interesting for this area.
Meck Hartsfield, a true master black smith who loves to interact with people about his art is back this year. Here is an opportunity to ask questions and learn a lot!
Indigo Dyeing is sone this year by Cathy Sweatt & friends. WIth a background in schooling they are prepared to introduce you to colorful world of indigo and it's deep rooted history. If you have never seen indigo turn color before your own eyes it is something to witness.
Walter Hill and the Horry County Museum will be on hand to operate teh 1915 vertical engine & 1920's grst mill. The museum can introduce you to even more information on the region's past. Be sure to check this out.
Paper making, Barbara Fyre has been making paper for quite some time. Some of her work may interest you as stationary, cards, etc.
Beth Miller , Barbara and Cathy have encouraged each other for many past event days. So even with Cathy Perry moving away we are thankful to have Barbara and Beth to help continue the quality the three of them have given in the past.
Becky Long will be sharing her families deep roots in the area and helping people see how profoundly our past heritage is woven into the character of the people in the area.
Old tools display by Mr. Horace Butler. Mr. Butler is a bit of a living legend. A man whose life is tied closely with the trees and woods of southeast NC. He and his dad were on the last of the logs to be sent down the Cape Fear river. His first hand knowledge of the history of timber, logging trams and the network of rails feeding virgin trees to large lumber mills is something to learn about. Such timber companies as the Jackson Brothers and the Hammer Lumber Mill in Little River neck.. After ninety years his experiences and his strong faith are quite worth hearing. We just learned that Mr.Butler wil not be able to be with us this year due to health reasons. We will certainly miss him.
1920's grist mill being demonstrated by the Horry County Museum. This grist mill was owned by Mr. Otha Ploughton Bellamy who milled grain for the community.
The mill is turned by a 1915 Morse-Fairbanks hit & miss vertical "t" engine. Learn about the history of this engine from the Horry County Museum. Mr. Walter Hill is an incredible source of experience and knowledge for his age. Not only is he the director of the Museum but a first class blacksmith whose work graces many of the plantations such as Brookgreen Gardens and Weymouth plantation in Georgetown. But that is not all, his roots tie into some of the most interesting histories of the Horry and Georgetown Counties. From knowing people who ran barges of fertilizer up the Waccamaw River, to hunting wild hogs, to working tobacco, to local lore and interesting individuals that have given the area it’s flavor; there is much you can learn from him.The area is very fortunate to have a passionate museum director whose roots go hand in hand with the history of the area.
The Waccamaw Tractor club will be exhibiting some of their restored tractors. More important than their tractors are the stories they can tell that go with the tractors. Along with the time and energy to restore these tractors are the memories of using tractors like these. As a club they enjoy sharing their experiences with one another. But you will find new interesting things as you talk with them.
Wayne Skipper and his mother, Mrs. Skipper will be doing horse drawn demonstrations and making sugar cane syrup, respectively. He will be turning the sugar cane mill part of the time as well. Wayne’s experience with horses has taught him many life lessons. He shares a strong belief as Walter Hill does that young people miss out so much because they don’t have this kind of relationship with "real life" interactions. Learning the "how to" from a mentor and then learning to respect and learn from horse or mule to create a harmonious working relationship changes a person. Just ask Wayne Skipper or Sam Bellamy. Sam Bellamy hopes to be able to do some Horse demos as well, hopefully, enabling some youngsters to put their hands to the plow themselves.
STOCKPIG Racing, The Stockpig racing series at the STOCKYARD 600 will be getting the season off to the 2012 start. Look for updates on the series and learn a little about the inside life of a STOCKpig racer and how the point system works. The races are scheduled throughout the day. Most likely 10:00, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:00 .
Hay rides, pony rides, Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Hay maze will be on going throughout the day.Many thanks go out to these folks and many others who have volunteered to help. Special recognition to the Horry County Museum, the N C Forestry Museum, The NC Cooperative Extension. We encourage you to visit and be involved in helping bring out the history of the area by discovering the ways local museums are seeking to do this.