Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm celebrates 50th year anniversary
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Carole Geary, Molly Maroney and Suzanne Brezina are kneading honey wheat bread dough, which will be baked in the farm's outdoor bake oven. Volunteers dress in period costume as "family members" of the original owners, the Zeppers, Meyers and Marshes. Activities like this, in the day-to-day running of an 1830's farm, can be seen throughout the summer daily, except Mondays, until Labor Day, and special events throughout the year.
Members of the New Jersey Frontier Guard, 1756, Capt. Richard Gardiner's Co., gave a black powder gun salute to kick off the 50th year celebration of Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm.
It was 50 years ago that Alice and Wendell Wicks purchased a farm that had been started in the 1830s by the Zepper family. For generations, members of the family had been farming and living there. The Wicks originally planned to turn the farm into a development of homes but something about the farm "spoke" to Alice. She envisioned it becoming a living farm museum that shares insights as to how an 1830 Pennsylvania German farm family lived and worked.
With the help of their daughter, Sue and her husband Gary Oiler, they turned the property into Quiet Valley, a living farm museum, preserving a way of life of a rural German homestead. Men, women and children dress in period costume and show visitors how life was lived on a farm in the 1830s and late 1800s.
Throughout the year, visitors can share in the birth of farm animals, witness how cooking and baking was done, how crops were raised and harvested, take part in maple sugaring time, how to harvest ice, and even step back in time in a day of the one-room schoolhouse, thanks to dedicated volunteers.
Activities like this, can be seen throughout the summer daily, except Mondays, until Labor Day, and special events throughout the year.
To learn more about Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, visit www.quietvalley.org3