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October 27, 2013

Hundreds attend annual Peinhardt Farm Day

CULLMAN — Tyler and Kagan Long have been coming to Peinhardt Farm Day since they were just out of diapers, but the young brothers realized Saturday they can still learn a thing or two at the throwback history exhibits.

After trying — and struggling — to use a two-person saw to cut a log, the duo finally figured out the old school trick.

“It’s harder than it looks,” Kagan, 11, said after cutting off a small piece. “You just have to pull and not push. It’s about getting rhythm.”

The boys’ mother, Malenia Long, said her sons absolutely love nature — so she makes it a point to bring them to the festival as often as possible so they can learn more about the history of living off the land.

“They just love everything about it,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun for young and old.”

Hosted Saturday at the Peinhardt Living History Farm just off Talley Ho St. SW in Cullman, the annual event included exhibits ranging from wood working, a tractor parade, farm animal petting zoo and museums of century-old farm equipment. From 1950s-model washing machines, to original Frigidaire ice chests, they were all on display.

Double Springs native Amanda Hood brought her four-year-old daughter Melissa for her first-ever Peinhardt Farm Day. Melissa started the trip off by learning how to split wood — with a little help from mom, of course.

“They have a lot of great activities, and she really enjoys seeing all the animals, too,” Amanda said.

Married couple Myron and Judy Crandall, of Good Hope, made their first trip to the event and said they were very impressed by the authenticity of the exhibits.

“If I knew of any kids to bring, I absolutely would,” Judy said. “It’s a chance to get out of the high-tech world and back to the old days.”

In a recent chat with The Times, owner Dr. Bill Peinhardt shared some of the history surrounding the decades-old, original buildings around the property — including the original barn built more than 80 years ago.

“I remember the barn dances. I was too young to do anything but slide across the wooden floor made slick with some substance, maybe soap, with neighbors Tim and Jack Richter,” he said. “Also, reshingling the roof, originally built in 1933. It was roofed with wood shingles. Asphalt shingles were placed on top of the wood shingles in 1953. Today you can still see the wooden shingles from inside the barn.”

* Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 220.

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