It was a crisp morning with many bundled in jackets, but a perfect
Fall day in Marthasville as we walked along the village streets
talking to the volunteers that were demonstrating skills
of early Missouri life.
The bowl maker sat in the clearing by the apple press
and across from the apple butter makers,
what better place to sit- the aromas were amazing.
It takes him around 8-12 hours from start to finish
as he chips away at the block of wood.
I love the antlers incorporated into this basket.
Another one of the weavers wears wooden shoes
also for sale. I remember having a pair when I was a child.
Not very comfortable but fun to wear!
The kids get into the action using a two man
cross cut saw. You have to remember to pull,
not push, or it will bind up.
This gentleman is making spatulas and wooden spoons
which are for sale inside.
The woodworking shop, by the saw mill, is busy
with volunteer sanding down the various items they are
Every year I say I'd love to have a coffee grinder.
My mom has one and I always loved it.
There was a mechanical problem that day
with the steam powered saw mill so it wasn't running
although I've seen it before. It's too bad that
some first timers missed it.
This is the place that all the guys want to volunteer
to demo, there's probably a waiting list.
When it is running it sounds like a train
and attracts a large crowd.
This is the Huber Haus which was constructed
in Perryville MO in 1842 and moved to the farm in 1974.
Many of the structures were preserved at the farm and other
constructed on site using volunteers and original building methods.
There are plans for a large barn which will host meetings and
events including exhibits, receptions and overnight stays.
You can see Part 1 at this link.
Living History Weekend in Marthasville, MO
as Deutsch Country Days kicked off it's annual
event on the historic Luxenhaus Farm.
The all volunteer staff demonstrated skills of the
German settlers. It is sponsored by the Lexenhaus Farm
German Heritage Foundation.