Visitors can experience farm life from the past and present and enjoy a little family time as summer vacation time comes to a close at The Conservation Foundation’s Dickson-Murst Day at the Farm from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in Montgomery. Admission and parking are free.
Vintage farm equipment, including corn shellers, cob grinders and a Port Huron Steam Engine running the 1909 threshing machine used to separate seeds from the stalks and husks, will be demonstrated to show how these labor-intensive farming methods were used. Antique tractors and cars also will be on display. The Sandwich Early Day Engine Club will have a display of hit-and-miss engines running, and the original line shaft of the farm will be in operation, as well as a horse-powered lift and rock crusher.
While settling into one of the many red chairs, benches and rockers scattered around the farm, visitors can feast on food items available from the Country Kitchen and take in the activities in the historic farmyard.
Kids will have plenty to do playing in the corn sandbox, petting animals in the barns, taking barrel train rides and testing their strength with the kiddie tractor pull. There will be face painting, hayrides around the farmstead and pony rides for a small fee. Rain barrels to help homeowners conserve water will be available for sale.
The Dickson-Murst Farm is at 2550 Dickson Road, Montgomery. For information, call 630-816-0604.