I spent several hours today in the homestead that I will demonstrate and interpret for visitors to Old World Wisconsin. Tomorrow I will learn to light a fire in the cookstove and the bake oven and actually cook something. The house and land was purchased by Adam Schottler, an immigrant from southern Germany who had a larger farm nearby. He rented the house out until his son Matthias was married, and then he gave his son and daughter-in-law the property. The Wisconsin Historical Society acquired the house and a few other buildings from the period, and assembled them together to form a homestead for the museum. The restoration date targeted is 1875. At that time, Matthias and Caroline Schottler had 2 children. They had 11 children total during their marriage. Here’s a photo that shows the zigzag fence, the granary and pig pen, the barn, the summer kitchen (or bake house), and behind it, the house. The granary, summer kitchen, and house are all one behind the other in this photo, so you can’t see much of them. The wooden crossbar frame standing outside is for butchering hogs (which we’ll do in the fall). The green field in the background is planted with rye. I am supposedly going to help make a rye straw basket, and to raise dough in it for rye bread, which I will bake in the bake kitchen oven…an oven that holds 24 loaves at a time!
I am thrilled that you will get some practical experience with homesteading. Your paddling is really going somewhere!
This really does seem like the best possible job for a Scillagrace :D. I’m looking forward to hearing more about it!
I hope you’ll come check it out some Saturday or Tuesday when we’re both there!
As someone who lived “off the land” for many years during my financially “poor” years when I lived in Ireland it is hard work I can tell you!!
My favourite vegetables to grow were Asparagus, peas and sweetcorn… yum yum.. and fruit – raspberries and strawberries.. heaven when picked warm from the plant..
I have recipes for asparagus and peas; I know the family grew corn. Now that I have my corset, I’ll have to see how it feels to do the chopping and hauling while I’m wearing it!
Just make sure you post us some photos of you in that corset!
Tomorrow might be a good day for that….
What a great job. Interested in a report once you get into full swing.
I will definitely report!
This is so interesting, can’t wait to here more,,hope the sunburn gets better fast 🙂
Sunburn was cured by a cold rainy day today. Now, about frostbite….