Two Mondays ago we decided on a jaunt to Cedar Hill State Park, a mere thirty minutes away. It has a historical farm on the property - Penn Farms. Here's Ray in front of some old equipment.
Here's the original homestead. The Penns came from Illinois and settled in this area to grow hay grass and farm cattle. A lake and creeks were a good water source, along with some prairie land.
The Penn Farm was established in 1859, so slaves were a part of the farm life. After the civil war, tenant farmers helped the property.
As we walked the property, we discussed the wild land and rustic conditions. More power to the pioneer women who had to cook, clean, wash, and bear a zillion kids. This was twenty miles from Dallas, so you couldn't just hop in a car for necessities. It would have been a whole day trip by horse and buggy. And we visited on a warm (90s), steamy May day. Whew!
Tough to keep a fresh coat of paint in these conditions.
More Cedar Hill State Park posts will follow. We had a fun adventure.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.