Tucked between the hills of Huntington, West Virginia, you can travel back in time to Heritage Farm and get a quaint yet educational glimpse of our Appalachian roots dating back to the early 1800's. Resurrected log homes, barns, and even a church proudly stand on this breathtaking 500 acre farm. Their story begins like so many who felt the gentle pull of the quiet country lifestyle.
Mike and Henriella Perry never lived on a farm and both were raised in town. Due to a thriving career their busy lifestyle became hectic and Henriella suggested to Mike that perhaps Saturdays should slow down and become a family day so they began a new hobby that both adults and children would enjoy...antiquing! During the 60's Mike's parents purchased the farm, however, a great sadness came knocking on the Perry door with the death of Mike's father at the young age of 52. Afterwards, the farm became a refuge of sort and it was healing for the family and relatives to meet each weekend and fix up the old farmhouse. Soon afterwards, it became habitable and Mike's mother resided on the farm.
Over the years, Mike and Henriella began making major improvements to the old log buildings that were scattered here and there across the fields. An adjoining farm was finally purchased adding to the Heritage Farm acres. During this time they developed a curiosity as to how farm folks in the Appalachia region had lived, performed their chores with no modern conveniences, and how they adapted to the changes that came with the machine age. If one needed a wool coat East of the mountains, they could purchase the wool and hire a tailor. In rural Appalachia, sometimes a typical purchase such as a coat was unaffordable and coats were made by hand on the farm, from raising the sheep, sheering, spinning, dyeing and weaving the wool to hand sewing the coat. It was a hard life and it would be a shame to forget the ingenuity of the rural people.
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By visiting Heritage Farm, one can see the progress made during the past two hundred years. During Spring Festival, Way Back Weekends, and Artisan Classes, the old ways are remembered and demonstrated through the talents of numerous and amazing volunteers allowing visiting friends a most fascinating up front and close encounter with all sorts of activities that appeal to everyone.
Come visit Heritage Farm! You will feel the warm hospitality as you walk around, and explore the past. Be sure to browse around the blog to see for yourself how the staff can make your visit most enjoyable and don't hesitate to contact Heritage Farm with any questions. Hope to see you soon and we look forward in sharing our blog with you!
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