Frontier Culture Museum German Farm
The German Farm came from a small village of Hordt in the Rhineland-Palatinate. It dates from the late 17th century. German settlers began coming to America in 1709 and continued through the 1750's. Due to the efforts of William Penn, most of the German settlers came to Pennsylvania to begin their new life. The prime farmlands were quickly acquired and settlers began to spread westward. They began to enter the Northern Shenandoah Valley in 1730.
As you walk through the German farm you can go through the house and barns. It was typical for the Germans to have their house and barn in the village with their farmlands outside of the village. They would have a kitchen garden or family garden to grow their vegetables, herbs, and medicinal plants. They would also have their fruit trees in their garden. They had their animals in the barn by the house. Geese and ducks were found more on German farms than on English or Irish. You will want to check out the garden behind the barn. German gardens most often contained lentils, onions, peas, red cabbage, and kohlrabi. You would also find plum, apple, and pear trees.
Be sure to ask the interpreters about the chores they are doing. They can explain about everyday life as it was on their farm.
There was a very interesting piece of machinery there. It was a tool to weave wool into cloth. On one side there is wool and the other side weaved cloth. There was a wagon for transporting goods. Inside the house they were making noodles. There was a girl in the garden getting things to make a salad for lunch.
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