I almost missed going inside the farmhouse because these funny chickens were pecking around outside. Their movements were fast almost like they were in a constant state of excitement or anxiety. I really don’t know what kind they are. Would love to have one though.
The German Farm at the Frontier Culture Museum was full of life both in the garden and in the fields. All the displays were set to show that everything from chickens to people were going about their chores.
Germans were the largest group of non English speaking countries to settle in the American colonies. They came as early as the mid 1600’s. This is when my family came but I also have ancestors from Switzerland, Ireland, and England. I know more about those that came from Germany because that is my Moravian heritage.
You can read about my 1700’s grandmother’s voyage to the colonies HERE. Her whole family perished but she braved it out to come to the New World. Many of the homes in the local community of Old Salem are patterned from the style you see in the pictures. So this was the most familiar exhibit at the Frontier Culture Museum.
This 1700s farm depicts life back in their homeland. The home stands in the Old World area of the Frontier Culture Museum and its purpose is to show how these Germans lived before coming to the New Wold. What sort of influences did they bring and how did they affect the America we know today.
They came to America as farmers and artisans. They were some of the most talented people to arrive in the New World. In my area of North Carolina, Old Salem was a hub of activity in the 1700s because the German Moravians provided needed skills to a growing farming community. The Moravians had blacksmiths, gunsmiths, teachers, candle-makers, and so much more. People would come from all around to buy farm equipment and have other such items repaired.
My family came from the Rhine area where the German speaking Switzerland people were fleeing the Thirty-Years War. My family came to America seeking a better life and seeking religious freedom. My grandmother of that time settled in what is known today as Bathabara, NC and is buried there. She was a very well respected member of that Moravian community.
The German homes were not lavishly furnished but they did introduce us to some beautiful pottery pieces. The pottery is earth tones and the designs are unique. Several potters in my area of Seagrove still make this pottery today and it hugely famous. Take a look at New Salem Pottery and see what I grew up eating on and drinking from. I inherited a few priceless pieces.
They left their homeland to see more farmland in the New World and brought with them talented artisans who created the ‘Kentucky Rifle’. They designed plows for tilling the land and improved harnesses for the animals. Blacksmithing and gunsmithing are probably two of their most famous contributors. They were excellent cooks, gardeners, and gracious host. They enjoyed fellowship.
Come Lord Jesus our guest to be and bless these gifts bestowed by thee. Bless our loved ones everywhere and keep them in thy loving care. Amen
And so I’ll leave you with that bit of my heritage and pray that God will keep you in his loving care.