Sunday, November 20, 2011

Down on the farm

Quiz: Any guess as to what this is? Answer below.

The Sauer-Beckmann Farm - Rural Life, 1900-1918:

'Johann and Christine Sauer settled this land in 1869. Eventually, the Sauers had 10 children. One of those, Augusta Sauer Lindig, served as midwife at the birth of President Johnson.

Interpreters carry out the day-to-day activities of a turn-of-the-century Texas-German farm family. Farm animals must be cared for on a daily basis, including activities like feeding, milking, gathering eggs and slopping the hogs. The setting for the present-day living history activities is an authentic Hill Country farm.'

'The Beckmann family acquired the property in 1900. A good cotton crop in 1915 allowed Emil and Emma Beckmann to build a new barn, to add a frame room onto the old rock structure and to construct porches connecting to a lovely Victorian house covered with fashionable pressed tin. In 1966, Edna Beckmann Hightower sold the site to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The farm opened to the public in 1975. Since then, time has stood still and the farm remains forever a small piece of Texas as it was at the beginning of the 20th century.'

Any guess on the quiz?
Here's another hint:

There is a large vegetable garden on the farm.

Farmer Mark

Answer to the quiz:

Did you guess Hariett, the farm's Jersey Cow?


  1. After I looked at it for a few seconds, I realized it was a cow nose. However, not which cow. 1/2 points?

  2. Interesting post, Teri. Do they have traditional wood-working tools on the farm and, if so, anyone demonstrating them? Here's a dumb question, are Mark's clothes authentic period clothes? (I don't mean are they a hundred years old!) -Rick

  3. I knew it was a cow! (mid-western girl) Just didn't know it was from Jersey! :D

    Looks like a neat place to visit. We were in the area a few years ago but didn't have time to go to that particular attraction. Wish we had now!

    Mark makes a good farmer!

  4. Hi Rick - There is a blacksmith shop and a woodworking shop. Both have period hand tools. Mark's clothes are correct for the period with some of them actually made at the farm.

    They are very careful to keep the farm authentic.

  5. Hi Penny - Mark is having a lot of fun being a farmer! He comes home with pig slobber on his pants and all kinds of stuff on his boots!

    If yall are ever in the area again, come on by!

  6. Teri, I'd like to see photos of the woodworking shop, tools, and bench, if you get around to it. Thanks! -Rick