Sunday, August 10, 2014
Pictures Will Be Coming Soon....
....Of an important part of our educational mission. We are working to put the Corollas in their proper historical context for our visitors. We have early colonial era livestock--- pigs, goats, chickens, and, of course, horses.
We are building a picture frame to display those animals in. My Gwaltney ancestors came here in the mid 1600's. Some of us never left. I have had family living within a 10 mile radius of the horse lot since that time.
The Banker type horses, of which the Corolla herd is a part of, likely came into the region even before that. Some of them never left. They have had family living within a 100 mile radius of the horse lot since that time.
Our colonial smokehouse was completed a couple of years ago. We smoked pork from some of our colonial stock hogs in it. Now the rest of the picture frame is coming into being. Our beautiful little corn crib is completed as is our one room settler's home. A large colonial tobacco barn is under construction.
We are building this for the same reason we built a chickee --a traditional Choctaw home beside the pen where our Choctaw horses stay. We teach. We teach history. We teach natural horsemanship. We teach music. And we teach compassion, courage and confidence.
And we might even begin to teach a bit of drama. Our settler's homestead will make a perfect set for an outdoor drama perhaps telling the story of Betsy Dowdy.
Might sound a bit far fetched, but no more far fetched than my idea of creating the settler's homestead.
I hope to get some pictures of the two new structures up shortly.
Posted by Steve Edwards