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The Howard County Living
Farm Heritage Museum
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Living Farm Heritage Museum
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Conceptual Plan: The museum’s conceptual plan is based primarily on two time components.
The first time component being a “walk through time”, a window of time ranging from the 1600s up through the 1960s and covering what the agricultural and domestic life practices were for residents in our area during those time frames.
The first time window showcased starts with the domestic and agricultural practices of the Native Americans who lived in this region in the 1600s. The second time window moving into the 1700s showcases the earliest settlers who were considered substance farmers. These early farmers cleared just enough land to raise enough crops to sustain themselves throughout each year. The third time window is a result of numerous historical benchmarks converging within a window of time around the mid to late 1800s, such as the emancipation of slavery as a result of the end of the Civil War, the construction of the Historic National Road, (our Nation’s first federally funded roadway) and the heyday of our Nation’s industrial age, agricultural and domestic practices developed considerably. Mechanization allowed for the clearing of larger areas of farmland. Better developed road systems provided a more convenient and efficient method of transporting produce to larger commercial markets thus increasing agricultural commerce throughout our region. The fourth and final time window depicted in our “walk through time” at the Living Farm Heritage Museum includes the introduction of electricity to our region from the early 1900s to the 1960s. A case for the introduction of electricity can arguably be made as the one single most significant advancement affecting agricultural and domestic life practices throughout the history of mankind.
Interjected at various locations throughout the Living Farm Heritage Museum, visitors will find examples of many of the types of structures, businesses and services provided as part of the infrastructure of a young and growing community. Examples like a general store, one-room schoolhouse, little country church, blacksmith shop, gristmill, sawmill, barns and sheds are all part of the planned development of the Living Farm Heritage Museum.
The second time component guiding the development of the Living Farm Heritage Museum is the “annual growing season” for farming practices throughout our geographical region. This window of time includes spring where the soil is tilled in preparation for the coming year’s crops, summer when crops and fields are both maintained and harvested, the fall season when the harvesting of remaining crops takes place and the winter months when certain crops are planted so they can start to grow during colder temperatures and spring forth as the climate warms up at the start of yet another “annual growing season”.
Nature Trails for hiking and horseback riding, playgrounds for youth, camping facilities, picnic groves and an open area amphitheater are all a part of the Museum’s Conceptual Plan.
Emphasizing the historical importance of the railroad to our nation’s development is part of our conceptual plan. Considering the fact that the country’s oldest existing train station is located in Ellicott City in Howard County, Maryland and is still open to the public as the Ellicott City B&O Museum, makes a train component logical as part of our museum. The Living Farm Heritage Museum Conceptual Plan includes a full scale working train that will allow visitors to experience the excitement associated with that mode of transportation.
The Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum Conceptual Plan provides visitors with a unique opportunity to view historical artifacts; watch practical demonstrations using historical agricultural tools and implements as well as participate in numerous hands-on activities.
Then and Now: Here is a showcase of the many buildings and areas of the museum that we have worked to change over the years. The first photo in each group will be what the building or space looked like when we began the museum and the second photo will be what the building or space looks like today.
The Hebb House - Then
The Hebb House Now
The McCracken House Life Before Electricity - Then
The McCracken House Life Before Electricity - Now
The Dairy Barn - Then
The Dairy Barn - Now
The School House - Then
The School House - Now
Current Project: Here is a list of just some of the projects that we are currently working on. We are constantly adding new displays, constructing new buildings, and making changes to the grounds to enhance the museum experience for all. To learn more about any of these projects or to make a donation to a specific project, clink on the links below.
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Daisy One Room School House
Train Ride Through Time
James Clark Main Display Building
Nature Trails and Amphitheater
Then and Now
THE HOWARD COUNTY LIVING
FARM HERITAGE MUSEUM
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