I had heard about Homestead Heritage Village, just north of Waco, some time ago, and was again reminded of it this week, by a friend who had been there recently. So I set out late this morning to explore it. (Dan's new knee wasn't quite up to an activity like this yet.) What a wonderful place! I'll be going back as often as I can. It's open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It has a working gristmill with a store that sells its flours; a forge, where blacksmiths work; a pottery workshop; a fiber crafts building, for carding wool, combing cotton, beating flax, spinning, weaving, and knitting; a woodworking shop; a gift shop; and a cafe/bakery. They offer classes to the public in the various crafts.
The weekend after Thanksgiving they hold a big craft fair with demonstrations, live bluegrass and gospel music, food, and hands-on activities - for adults and children.
|This waterwheel powers the mill|
|The mill store, where they sell flours and baking mixes, as well as homemade jams and jellies.|
|I had lunch here, and it was very good. I was sorely tempted to have a dessert, as they looked absolutely wonderful - but I didn't.|
THE FIBER CRAFTS
|A class, framed by one of the large looms|
|This woven piece, still attached to a loom, was in process.|
|Some completed woven scarves|
THE POTTERY BUILDING
|A class was going on while I was there, and a man was working on this piece. He used a grape leaf to make the impression.|
THE WOOD SHOP
|This very tall chest was made in the wood shop and is now displayed in the gift shop.|
|This is the top of the chest shown above. You can only see the top from the upper story of the shop, but even this "unseen" portion was beautifully crafted.|
THE GIFT SHOP
|These are scented soaps. They slice bars from the long slabs.|
On fair days, they offer horse-drawn hay wagon rides, but on non-fair days, they only have a few animals in a petting zoo area, such as this llama, who seems to have a severe under bite ;-)
Although the Thanksgiving Fair would be a lot of fun to attend, I really enjoyed going on a day like this. There were not many people there (except in the cafe/bakery), and it was so peaceful and quiet.