Old Farm Day at Ashtabula

The Pendleton Historic Foundation and the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina invite the whole family to “Old Farm Day at Ashtabula” on March 28 from 10 AM – 3 PM.  This one-day festival is a celebration of our rich farming heritage in the Upstate.  Old Farm Day showcases antique tractors, cotton gins, and hit-and-miss engines to demonstrate the historical progression of farming.  Our Ag-venture event not only shows bygone equipment to a new generation, but also allows old-timers to recall farming the way it was.  Whether you’re a city mouse or a country mouse, Old Farm Day will fill your family’s day with fun.  Admission is $5 per car.

Visitors will enjoy demonstrations of heritage crafts such as blacksmithing, feed bag and hoop quilting, wood carving, display of some early tools, timber hewing demonstrations (using ax, adze, broad ax, etc.) and fiber arts like spinning, weaving, tatting, knitting, and crocheting.  Our guests will also have the opportunity to milk Clarabelle, the automated cow.  “Kiddie Korral” will be filled with hands-on activities such as the game of put-n-take, corn cob dart throwing, ball and cup, making a ring toss toy, candle making, manual cotton seed pulling, and shelling and grinding corn.  Animals on the grounds will include livestock guard dogs, goats, and chickens.

Ashtabula historic MOO-seum house tours will be available for a reduced price of $3 per person.  Besides seeing how agriculture worked in days gone by, see how the elite class of the antebellum era lived in the Upstate.

When you’re feeling a hankering for vittles, fill your tank with BBQ from Palmetto Smokehouse & Oyster Bar.  Pulled pork BBQ slider and sandwich plates, ranging in price from $3-$7, will be available.  Sweet tea and bottled water can be purchased for $2 each.  If you just want a snack, enjoy some boiled peanuts for $5 per 20oz. cup.

Ashtabula is located at 2725 Old Greenville Highway-Central, SC 29630, three miles east of downtown Pendleton, on SC HWY 88.  Specific directions can be obtained by calling 864-646-7249 or 864-646-3782, by e-mailing Pendleton.hf@gmail.com, or by visiting www.pendletonhistoricfoundation.org.

The Pendleton Historic Foundation is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of historic properties in Pendleton and the interpretation of the diverse history and cultural heritage of the area.  The Foundation owns and operates Ashtabula and Woodburn historic house museums in the Pendleton area.

The Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina strives to provide a quality, hands-on learning environment focused on S.T.E.M. curriculum and the history of agriculture in the state.  The museum’s interpretation ranges from historic practices and artifacts, to the “Future of Agriculture”, and how sustainable, local agriculture is experiencing resurgence in South Carolina.  The Agricultural Museum of South Carolina is located at 120 History Lane, Pendleton, 29670, or online at www.BGAMSC.org.