I drove to a Historic Farm that is about 15 minutes from my house.
Van Raatle Farm
The farm is located on 160 acres of land. The founding father of our city, Reverend Albertus Van Raatle, purchased the land from the federal government over 140 years ago for $2.32/acre. This house was built in 1872.
The site has been referred to as "The Maples" due to the large majestic trees planted by Van Raatle that form a dense canopy in the front of the house.
My objective for coming here was to get some pictures of the sap buckets and the Sugar Shack. Our local Nature Center moved their Sugar Shack to this property in 2005, so that they could begin tapping the maples and showing students how maple syrup was made.
Shortly after the Civil War the barns were built. There are two barns and the foundation for what was once a third storage building.
At one time, the land was heavily farmed and had an orchard, peony fields, and diary cows.
I loved exploring here.
*Linking up with Lissa for Walk and Click Wednesday