CULLMAN – The pig, sheep, baby chicks and bunnies are getting used to school kids petting them every day. The mules are pulling the covered wagon of school kids singing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." The sweet potatoes, cotton, and sorghum are going home with school kids. Peinhardt Living History Farm in Cullman is hosting its fall school tours for third graders. This hands-on field trip teaches students what farm life was like in the 1930s and 1940s in north Alabama. This time in history was chosen because of all the monumental changes occurring in agriculture- shifting from animal drawn power to tractor and engine power. Electricity was being installed in homes in north Alabama. Many changes were occurring and the dedicated volunteers and Peinhardt family use their own experiences to teach these lucky kids using the beautiful working farm of Carl and Irene Peinhardt.
Around 2,000 school kids visit Peinhardt Farm throughout the month of October, and the family-owned farm hosts its annual public day this Saturday, Oct. 22. This festival showcases the educational stations from the school field trips and much more. Hands-on activities are demonstrated over 40 acres of the farm bordering Interstate 65 and Highway 278. Families come away with armloads of remembrances including pumpkins, cotton, sweet potatoes, blue bird houses, apple pigs, cotton boll ornaments, wooden pegs, crosscut saw rounds and much more.
Both old and young enjoy seeing and reminiscing about all of the antique farm and home items in the well-stocked museums. Attendees will learn how to make quilt samplers, how turpentine is made, watch cotton being ginned, hear old-time music, walk through the one-room school house, plow a mule, compete in a sack race and much more.
Don't miss out on this slice of history on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Peinhardt Living History Farm Day, 1711 Talley Ho Street, Cullman, Alabama. It is free for kids four and younger, $5 for kids 5 to 11 and $7 for 13 and older.
To learn more, visit www.peinhardtfarm.org or on Facebook at http://qrne.ws/peinhardtlivinghistoryfarm.