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Photobits and Visiting Tips

Last week we asked our history detectives to solve a photo puzzle. We gave you bits of photos and asked you to figure out where in our town of Walnut Hill those photos were taken. Let’s see if you guessed right!

Photo One:


This small picture is of nutmeg graters in the General Store! Nutmeg is the seed from a tree grown in tropical areas. Many people like to grate nutmegs into cookies, cakes and other tasty things. These tiny graters do a great job! Can you find the nutmeg graters in the big picture?


Photo Two:


This is the power wheel on our Prouty Newspaper Printing Press in The Advocate Newspaper Office. A printer would grab the handle and turn the wheel to make the machine move. He could print 10 copies or more of a newspaper every minute with this press. Can you find the power wheel in this photograph?


Photo Three:


These are gumdrops at the Greteman General Store! Gum drops were a popular candy in the 1870s. They still are a favorite with our visitors in 2014. Can you find them in the big picture? What is your favorite flavor of gum drop?


Photo Four:


This is the anvil in the Blacksmith shop. The Blacksmith uses the anvil as a sort of table to hammer metal. He will also use the round pointed end, called a horn, to bend hot metals. Where is the anvil in this picture?


Photo Five:


This one was tricky! This is the cutting area of a pill machine in the Schafer Drug Store. Druggists used these machines to cut up the sticky medicines they had mixed into individual pills.


Photos Six and Seven:


These items can be found in the Walnut Hill Broom Shop! The wire in the top photo was used to wrap broomcorn onto the handles in the bottom photo. Both handles and wire would have been made in a factory in 1875 and sent to our town by train. The handles were packaged up in big bundles and the wire was in big coils when it came from the factory. Can you find both of these items in the broom shop?


Photo Eight:


This photo is of the top bottle on a show globe in the Shafer Drug Store. Show globes were fancy bottles filled with colored water or oil. The druggist placed them in the front windows to attract attention and show off how good he was at mixing the colors.


Were you able to guess all the objects and where they could be found at the museum? Great job, history detectives!

Some Touring Advice for Caregivers: Don’t forget that Living History Farms opens to the general public for regular touring on May 1st! In May, our museum welcomes many thousand school children and their teachers. If you are visiting with a smaller group of younger children, it can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming to see all those school buses! Here’s a few tips to a successful visit in May!


–Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays are the heaviest visitation days for schools. Touring on Wednesday afternoons or weekend days sometimes makes for a calmer visit in May. Check the museum event calendar for special activities on Saturdays!

–If you are a museum member, May is a great month to use the membership admission perks to make shorter visits more often.

–Most school classes visit the museum between 9:30 am and 2 pm. If you would like to visit without being caught up in larger group arrivals, try arriving at 1:30 pm and ride the 2 or 2:30 pm tractor cart out to see our working farms. Many Walnut Hill shops will also be finished with school presentations after 2:30 pm.DSC_6097

–If you are an early bird, arrive at 9 am and head for the tractors first. Ask the tractor driver to drop you off at the 1900 Farm. The schools sharing your 9:15 cart ride will be going to the 1700 Farm and won’t arrive at the 1900 era Farm until 10 am. You could have the 1900 Farm to yourselves for almost 45 minutes! Just remember to tell the tractor driver you want to be dropped off at 1900 Farm before you get on the cart!DSC_6309

–Most school groups in Walnut Hill town receive about a 10 minute presentation in each of the buildings they visit. If a group is already in a building when you arrive, please feel free to enter that building with them! You are welcome to sit in on the presentation and then look around more freely after the school group has departed.

–School groups generally tour at the Flynn Mansion on the ground floor only. If you have children that love to explore historic toys, the boys’ bedroom and girls’ bedroom on the second floor of the Flynn Mansion have several toys that are part of our hands-on program. It’s a great place for your family to spend some time away from the bigger groups.

DSC_6594–If there is a specific building you wish to visit the day of your tour, ask the admission desk staffer if there is a time when that historic site is free from scheduled tour presentations.

We look forward to seeing you during May!

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