Primrose Farm

IMG_5249This morning Jim and I went to an old local farm that is run as a living history museum. It’s called Primrose Farm, and is near St. Charles. Built in 1860, it is designed to show what a working farm from the 1930s would be like. Of course, I brought my camera and would like to share with you some of what we saw.

IMG_5206First, we saw chickens!

IMG_5207These are a breed called Columbian Wyondottes, because they were first exhibited at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1893.

IMG_5208There were pullets and cockerels (immature males) in this part of the yard.  The roosters were in their own area.


IMG_5211More chickens!

IMG_5195We also saw some geese. They investigate the world with their beaks, so we stood well back.

IMG_5201Beak to nose, we stared at each other.

IMG_5194We also saw these sweet little calves.

IMG_5216We passed many interesting old pieces of farm equipment as we walked through the farm.

IMG_5218And there were beautiful country lanes.

IMG_5222It was threshing day.

IMG_5223They were threshing wheat. Workers used pitchforks to lift bundles into the thresher.

IMG_5229We learned that hay is green and can be used for animal fodder, but that straw is golden and hollow and is used as bedding.

IMG_5230This is the machine boss. He has to be very knowledgeable about the thresher, because it is quite a complex machine with many gears and belts. This thresher was brought here from Ohio.

IMG_5231Here is the harvested wheat. It will be sent to a milling operation up in Michigan, as apparently there is only one licensed miller in the US.

IMG_5232We walked towards the summer kitchen, and I saw this beautiful thistle. (Only beautiful if you are taking its picture, not if you are a farmer!)

IMG_5234We walked into the summer kitchen, which is where cooking would be done in the hot summer months. The table was being prepared for the threshing crew.

IMG_5238The old stove, with a piece of wood for poking the fire. (If I get any information wrong here, it’s my fault!)

IMG_5240Here is my friend Susan tending to the ham hocks and sauerkraut that will be dinner for the threshers. It smelt wonderful!

IMG_5243I loved the colorful aprons.

JIMG_5242im tries his hand at the water pump. The water was cold, and would have had to be heated on the stove for cooking or washing,

IMG_5247These potatoes had been picked the previous day.

IMG_5248Love the smell of the dill.

IMG_5254On the way back to our car, we passed these teasels.

IMG_5256Here they are in their flower form.

IMG_5259And we saw sunflowers.

IMG_5260It was a lovely day!

Primrose Farm is at 5N726 Crane Road, in St. Charles, Illinois. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by!


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