Saturday we had the pleasure of attending an annual event at the Pantego Academy Historical Museum called "Fall Days Farm Ways." Built in 1874, the old school is now a museum is located in the town of Pantego, which is in the eastern part of North Carolina. (You can see the Academy's website here and their Facebook page here.) My mother-in-law is on the board at the museum and I always enjoy hearing about their latest events. So it was fun to participate in the one they had this weekend.
What would be farming without tractors? Or as Solomon pronounces it "trac-tor." Sitting on some of the old tractors on display was Solomon's very favorite part.
Solomon loves the feel of the wheel in his hands. He had fun in the old Belhaven firetruck too.
Hunter's very favorite part was watching how the machines worked and asking questions about them. He doesn't really like loud noises so he was hesitant in getting too close, but he was fascinated and spent much of his time in the area where they were set up.
Hunter had fun with the corn sheller too:
Solomon liked the table full of corn and little things to play with:
Tabby found milking the "cow" ridiculously easy. (Remember she milks 2 goats every day.)
There was a "cow train" ride for the kids. Hunter thought it was fun:
Solomon did not. (I took him back out before the ride even started.)
There was cotton candy, popcorn, soups, sandwiches, and desserts, all for a donation.
After getting jacked up on sugars and dyes, is the "perfect" time to get in some school work:
There was also gourd painting. Solomon really liked this. But unfortunately, when we went back to get his finished gourd, we found someone had mistakenly taken it.
A famous N.C. pirate came back to life to join in the festivities. Blackbeard - and his wife! - were sighted:
Blackbeard is played by Ben Cherry, a local man famous across the country for bringing Blackbeard to life. (Here is a newspaper article about him.) We studied Blackbeard in school, so it was fun to see him and listen to him. We couldn't pass up a family picture opportunity with him:
Blackbeard put his arm around Solomon and I which made Solomon jump and turn around. Thankfully the picture was over before Solomon burst into tears! My mother-in-law with Blackbeard and his wife:
There was an auction in the afternoon. Blackbeard started it off auctioning off items from his treasure chest. Tabby and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him - he was very funny:
All in all, it was a fun day. We hope to go back next year. And Tabby and I hope to join the vendors and sell our goat milk soap. :)