I started volunteering at the farm in July 2006. The staff is so nice and have been so willing to teach me all
sorts of things about life in the early 1900's.
The picture below is of the cabin built by the Sauer family. The one small room on the right is the original
cabin they built in 1869. They added on more room as their family grew -- 10 kids in all!!
A view from the side....
This is inside the Sauer cabin as it might have looked in the late 1800's.
This is Rita, one of the full time Texas State Park Rangers who works at the farm.
She's holding a waffle maker. Mmmm....when are we having waffles Rita?
We have a garden at the farm so the ladies do a lot of canning.
There are a couple of dairy cows on the farm so there's always fresh milk.
This milk is left sitting out so that it will "clabber." It's a step in the process
of making cottage cheese or cooked cheese. This milk won't spoil or smell
bad because it contains natural bacteria and enzymes. You can't do this with
milk you buy at the store -- after a day it would be VERY SMELLY!
The wire mesh screens have been placed over the bowls to keep the flies out. :-)
This is the wood stove that we cook on. Firebox is on the left, oven in the center,
and water tank on the right. The area on top is the warming oven.
We "recycle" our eggshells by baking them in the oven, then crushing them into little
pieces which we feed to our chickens. They get extra calcium this way and it helps
to keep their eggshells hard.
Here is some of the lye soap we make on the farm.
Several times during the year the public is invited to come watch how it
is made. You can even purchase a sample in the LBJ State Park Store. Ricky, pictured below is the master
soap-maker. He's been working at the park for 25+ years.
There was no inside running water in the cabins.
Here's your sink...
This is park ranger, Virginia speaking with a park guest. Virginia has been at the park for 20+ years.
And this is Stephen, another permanent fixture (park ranger) at the park.
Below is a picture of the Victorian style house built by the Beckmann family in 1915 (it's the
right side of the house).
And here's a view of the back of the Victorian style house. The siding is made of pressed tin.
The butterflies love the zinnias as much as I do!
Here I am in traditional early 1900's dress.
Not so bad during the winter, but very hot in the summertime.
The holidays are a busy time at the farm. We decorate with cedar boughs and wreaths.
Then on a Sunday in mid December we have an evening "open house." We decorate
a traditional live Christmas tree with antique ornaments and real lit candles. The public
is then invited inside the house for a tour, complete with homemade cookies, pastries, and cakes.
This is the Living History Farm float. I rode on it in the Blanco County Fair Parade
in Johnson City in August 2007. We received a second place ribbon! This float has
also won first place ribbons in the 2007 Stonewall Peach Jamboree and Gillespie county parades.
The chicken and rooster enjoyed riding in the parade too!