Frontier Culture Museum English Farm
The English house is the oldest structure at the museum. It came from Worcestershire in England's West Midlands. It belonged to a yeoman who was a land owning farmer. Many yeomen sent their younger sons and daughters to Virginia in the mid to late 17th century to begin new lives in the colonies. The English farm site recreates the lifestyles and culture of immigrants from rural England who came to the American colonies between 1630 and 1700.
On the English farm you can see how they raised their garden most times by using boards like those used here. In England they had a long growing season and usually harvested two crops a year from their gardens. They also grew apple trees and sometimes pear trees. They also had dairy cows and produced dairy products, especially cheese, for market.
You will notice the English house is nicer than that of the Irish and German farms. That is because this came from a little bit wealthier class. The farmer here was a land owner and not a tenant farmer. The house is two stories with the bedrooms upstairs. On the day we visited they were making cheese. It was fun to watch how they did it.
There was a small basket of pretty red berries called currents. Most of the people at the farm were harvesting barley. There were two women there making cheese. There was some yellow stuff that they used for adding a yellow color to things.
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