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Recalling Horse-Drawn Days at Stonefield

Three men use pitchforks to lift hay onto a wagon drawn by two horses, circa 1915
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There's no better place than Stonefield, nestled in the beautiful southwestern corner of Wisconsin alongside the Mississippi River, to step back to a time — before steam engines or tractors arrived on the farm — to rediscover an era when horses did all work. Farmers used horses to plow the fields in the spring, harvest the crops in the fall, haul goods to town, and transport people. On Saturday, June 12, Stonefield will celebrate Horse-Drawn Days in a daylong event that will let you relive this way of life through a variety of activities reminiscent of a bygone era.

Meet Jerry Apps, Author of the Book, 'Horse-Drawn Days'

Popular and prolific Wisconsin Historical Society Press author Jerry Apps will discuss and sign copies of his newest book, "Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses," at noon and 2 pm. Other activities will include plowing, disking and harrowing demonstrations by Randy Morshead, and buggy rides provided by Ray Hendrickson. Lee Grady, the Society's McCormick-International Harvester Collection archivist, will lead tours of the McCormick horse-drawn vehicle collection in the State Agricultural Museum. Log-cutting demonstrations will take place throughout the day with the opening of the new Stonefield circle saw exhibit.

A Host of Historic Activities for the Whole Family

In addition to all of the horse-related activities, a host of other activities will unfold in Stonefield's rural farming village, including beer and root beer served in the village saloon, a blacksmith demonstration, a broom-making demonstration, and a bee-keeping demonstration. Nelson Dewey house tours will also give visitors a glimpse of the homesite of Wisconsin's first governor.

If You Go

For complete details on admission, location and contact information, visit the Stonefield visitor information pages.

:: Posted June 7, 2010

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