Posted by: Tricia | January 30, 2013

Log Cabin Village

Every September Fort Worth hosts Day in the District, allowing free admission to all of the museums.  We decided to take advantage of the offer and visit the Log Cabin Village. Frankly, this is exactly the kind of place that I would have loathed going to as a kid, but it is right up Elliott’s alley.  At the zoo, he patiently listens while we read each sign per his request.  And, at the museum it’s no different.  This kid loves to learn!  So, of course the Log Cabin Village was a big success!

One of the first areas we visited the kids got to pretend to collect the hens’ eggs.  Jude especially enjoyed this!

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The boys were each given a turn pumping the well for water.

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Though Jude got shy and decided he didn’t want to.

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The boys also took some time to plant some vegetables.

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Next we stopped by an outdoor kitchen where a very nice lady was whipping up a pie from scratch with plans to cook it on the fire.  I was amazed to find out that it was only going to take 20 minutes to bake…just like a regular oven I suppose!  They also had hot coffee brewing over the fire.

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Elliott rolled wildflower seeds in mud and threw them onto the hillside.  This was the way they planted many things.  Messy, but efficient!

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I found the log cabin homes to be the most interesting.  It’s hard to imagine living the way that they did, working the land and tending to meals the way that they did from sun up to sun down day in and day out.  But, then again, it’s not as if I spend much time sitting around either!  I can’t imagine having a family with 5 or more children sleeping in one room!  I imagine that they were all so exhausted by the end of the day, that it really didn’t matter where they slept!

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One of our final stops in the village was to the school.  There was an old-fashioned band playing inside taking requests as well.

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This was where they hung and cured their meats.

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Third baby…just along for the ride!

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Sadly, I did not get a picture of the blacksmith’s shop.  This was Elliott’s favorite part.  He loved watching the metal heat up, turn bright red-orange, and be molded into something new.  He was amazed.

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Before leaving we treated the boys to some old-fashioned candy from the gift shop.  The best part was that each piece was only 10 cents!  Not a bad price for a souvenir!  Then we headed over to a nearby grassy area for an old-fashioned picnic lunch.  The boys had a great time playing on this enormous fallen-down tree trunk.

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This day was fun, fun, fun!  I never thought I could say that about a log cabin village.  Aren’t you proud of me, Mom?  I must be growing up 😉

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  1. I am proud of you. The kid who never liked museums or THE ZOO! Now as a mommy, loves going to both. Who would have thought 🙂


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