Farm Artifact Trail
As you walk this trail, think back to the days when farmers worked the soil to produce crops. There are stone walls in many places along the way that were used to separate fields. Where do you think the stones came from? Your vision will be assisted by farm artifacts left on the land when farming ceased. This is a treasure hunt trail. See if you can find all 6 farm artifacts:
1. Plow This double-bottom plow could be pulled by a horse or a tractor. The two blades would each turn the earth to one side, making furrows. Why do you think each wheel is on a separate axle?
2. Drag The drag loosens the earth and pulls up small stones. The handle could adjust how deep the curved piece would go. Would a farmer use the drag before or after the plow?
3. Hay Rake This rakes hay into piles for making bales. Some pieces are missing. What do you think the missing pieces looked like?
4. Wagon The wooden parts of this wagon rotted away. The metal axis and curved parts for steering were left. How long do you think it would take for the wooden parts to rot?
5. Wheel Envision a bumpy ride in the hay wagon on this metal wheel.
6. Windmill Blades Windmills catch the energy of the wind and make it do useful work. Windmills were used to pump water, grind grain into flour, and even run sawmills. What do you think the farmer used this windmill for?
You will be following the blue and white-blazed trail north and use the yellow-blazed side loops on your return journey. Beware of poison ivy along the edges of the trail.
From the parking area head north on the blue-blazed trail.
Date Hiked: ___________