Tuesday, May 4, 2010

This Week: In Diana's Head

Yesterday was field trip day! Yep, I was a chaperone mom with the boy's 2nd grade class. Myself, and about eight or nine other parents toodled along behind busses, thankfully on country roads of 50MPH would have been a real drag, to get us all to the Sauer-Beckman Pioneer Farm in Fredericksburg. It's actually located between Johnson City and Fredricksburg. Beautiful country side, wildflowers, deer, and longhorns. And that was at the farm! There was also farm animals to check out.

Essentially this is a maintained turn of the century (1900's, not 2000 LOL) running farm. They live and educate on that farm as if it were 1895. No electricity. No running water. Gardening and canning, and a lot of things that were interesting. The kids got to check out the chicken coop and I know there were goats somewhere. LOL

There is also a small museum dedicated to Lyndon B. Johnson. In fact, if you hike (not far) to the rear of the farm, you can see LBJ's original homestead across the Pedernales River.

We were a little rushed so we didn't get to see the soap making, or the horseshoeing, but Ms. Beth was making a handmade sewn shirt on her crank Singer. Yep, you read that right. It was a cranked by hand sewing machine. There was also a Sears cataloge from 1908 on one of the tables.

If you ever get the chance to visit one of these living history locations, I highly recommend it. It's a fun trip for the family and can even be *gasp* highly educational. LOL

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