Popular Grove Plantation
This past Thursday the first grade classes went on a field trip to a plantation not far from here. This isn't one of the big fancy ones you see on TV.
Their main focus is education and to preserve history.
It is one of the oldest peanut plantations in North Carolina. The orginal land was purchased in 1795. The Foy family owned the property for 6 generations.
There are several things that go on there. Not only tours for schools but Civil War reenactments too.
This is the tenant house. Looks like pretty meager living if ya ask me.
There were 64 slaves on the plantation and after the war 63 stayed to work here.
They have several out buildings set up for demonstrations. My favorite was the weaving house. An interpreter showed us how to spin wool from sheep and demonstrated the spinning wheel and the weasel.
Remember the old nursery song; "Pop goes the weasel"?
The weasel was used to count how many times the yarn was wrapped around the wheel. This way you would figure out yardage. A small peg in the middle would pot out when it was full. Ha ha! How cool is that!
As you know there are several other steps but I won't bore you all with that.
We also learned all the plants used to die the wool like black walnut and onion skins.
Back in the old days, if ya didn't have it ( grow it your self) you did without.
This weaving is called "Tabby"
We ended the day with a hay ride, actually it was a wagon ride.
It was such a beautiful day. We all had a great time and especially me!
Thanks for stopping by.