October 2016
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A Step Back in Time


Peinhardt Living History Farm Day gives visitors a glimpse of farm life in the 1930s and 1940s. In those days, keeping the garden weed free was a labor-intensive process.

Peinhardt Living History Farm Day – Experience Farm Life in the 1930s and 1940s.

Americans are drifting farther away from the country’s agricultural roots and heritage. I often hear old timers like me complain that today’s children and even young adults think food comes from the grocery store. With fewer than two percent of the population actively involved in production agriculture, the connection many in previous generations had with farm life has been lost. It is unlikely children and younger adults know how life is on the farm today and even more unlikely they know anything about what life was like on the farm only a couple of generations ago.

The Peinhardt Living History Farm in Cullman has made it their mission to not only tell the story but show us what life was like on the farm in the 1930s through the 1940s. Every fall they bring hundreds of school children to the farm to give them a taste of what farm life at that time was all about.

One day a year they provide that experience for anyone willing to make the trip to their beautiful farm located adjacent to I65 at the Highway 278 Cullman exit No. 308. The theme is to show today’s generations what life and living was like on a typical working farm of north Alabama during and just after the Great Depression and World War II.

This year the Peinhardt Living History Farm Day will be Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The farm address is 1711 Talley Ho St. and is located just past Smith Farms Smoked Meat store on the east side of I65.

The Peinhardts invite you to come spend a day on the farm with over 40 acres of hands-on activities for the entire family. You can walk around the farm visiting period demonstrations of many aspects of farm life such as an operating sawmill and syrup making. You can take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and sweet potato field. You can also visit the old Red Hills School House and the local schoolmarm. The kids can play the old schoolyard games of yesteryear in a Pokémon-free zone.

Old-timey music will be played near the farm’s museum that you will want to walk through to see the tools and farm implements our ancestors used.


Counterclockwise from left, the pumpkin patch is one of the stops on the wagon ride. A horse-drawn carriage was a standard means of transportation in the 1930s and ‘40s. Sack hop races are one of the old schoolyard games of yesteryear the kids will get to enjoy.


You will also want to visit the ladies working on their handcrafted quilts.

Stop by and visit with someone telling the story of how turpentine was made and used.

The old tractor-powered gristmill will be making fresh-ground corn meal.

All working farms needed a skilled blacksmith, either on the farm or nearby, and it is always a fascinating stop on the farm tour.

Stop by the welcome area in the Agrilex building and visit with members of our 4-H and county Extension team. We can show you around the beautiful rain garden and the water harvesting system used to water the landscape. We will be selling refreshment items and popcorn to help support our local 4-H program.

There will be all kinds of animals, craft vendors and food vendors spread throughout the farm. Come out with the kids or grandkids and plan to make a day of it because there is so much to see and do.

Admission for children 4 and under is free; ages 5-12, $5; and 13 and up, $7. You can learn more at www.peinhardtfarm.org or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Tony A. Glover is a County Extension Coordinator in Cullman County.