Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Of Farming & Livestock at Mount Vernon

Part of my day here at Mount Vernon is devoted to various lectures about George Washington. Yesterday one of the lectures focused on Washington as a Pioneer Farmer. In the afternoon we had interpreters give us a tour of the farming here at Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon is restored to the year 1799, the year that Washington passed away so everything is centered around that time. One of the most famous buildings here is the 16 sided barn located in the Pioneer Farm Site. Washington use to refer to this area of the farm as the "Hell Hole" of the property because it would often get flooded from the Potomac River.

The barn is a replica of the original barn and was built from Washington's original prints.

This is the approach to the barn where horses would run for 3o minutes in the barn non-stop to thrash the wheat on the barn floor. The grain would then fall through the slats in the floor and would be gathered on the floor below.

Of course, I needed to find the sheep. This is one of the Hog Island sheep that Washington raised on the farm. The sheep are located on various parts of the farm today, keeping up with Washington's belief in rotational grazing.

This is the spinning house.........

Washington firmly believed in the spinning of the wool as a necessity to the farm especially during the time of the Revolution. I am thinking that those spinning wheels might be a tad large for my house.

Opps.........another sheep picture! This is one of the Longwool sheep that Washington also raised on the farm.

This is the stable here at Mount Vernon......I think my sheep would like this!

Washington has been credited with being one of the original breeders of mules here in the United States. These are 2 of the mules that live in the paddock adjacent to the stable. I have been walking around in the morning to take pictures and because it is so peaceful.

I have taken soooo many gardening pictures. The gardens are just wonderful. I am going to do a garden post hopefully within the next day or so. This was one of my favorite gardens located right near the spinning house.

I thought I would leave with this interesting picture. Any takers on what this is and where it might be located at Mount Vernon?


Foothills Poultry said...

No chickens?

Wait maybe the last pic could be an aviary or lot for chickens.

Single minded reader,

rosemary said...

i found that very interesting living here in Idaho it gives me a chance to see what the rest of the U.S. is like thank you i enoyed it.looking forward for more Rosemary

Kathy in KY said...

Hey Kristi - I had no idea there was a working farm at Mt Vernon - how cool is that!? Your morning walks must be so peaceful, and I can see from the scenery that you are enjoying yourself. I hope you have a safe trip home. Have a great 4th of July weekend. Take care, from KY. And thanks for your encouraging words on my Wisdom Words for Wednesday blog post.