Historic Homesteads

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  • How Farmers Harvested and Threshed Wheat in the 1880s

    Lazy days of summer start for some farmers only after they finish the most stressful time of their year – grain harvest. Weather conditions dictated the timing historically (and continue to do so today). At Firestone Farm, you can see the ways that farmers such as Benjamin Firestone combined weat...

  • Why Pork?

    Pork was an incredibly important part of the Civil War era farm. Journey to the basement of a 19th century farm house, a place where pork was cared for and preserved, to explore more about the topic!

    Enjoy this recut and remastered episode from Civil War Digital Digest!

  • To Try (or Render) Lard

    Lard has many uses on the 19th century farm. Visit with Jeremy and Felicia from History Acres as they take you on the journey from harvesting lard, to preserving it, and then find out some of the uses!

    Enjoy this program, which was re-edited by Civil War Digital Digest and includes additional im...

  • Turning Flax into Linen

    Linen was a very common fabric in the Revolutionary War era - but where did it come from? Join us as we visit Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation and speak with Eva Mergen about how to grow and harvest flax and then process it into linen. This overview will take you from the field to the loom to the...

  • Scythe & Reaper

    Civil War Digital Digest has combined two of its popular episodes into in larger story. By adding new still images, video footage, and re-mastering the audio a more complete discussion is had about how the scythe was used in the Civil War era as well as the reaper which replaced it in many circum...

  • Cold Rooms

    In this episode, we return to the Civil War era farm. If you had a cellar in your home and you lived in a climate that froze part of the winter, chances were you had a cold room. What was that? Join us as we visit with Brian James Egen and take a tour of a typical cold room. We explore how it wor...