Flashback Farming: Bringing 400 years of MD's Agricultural History Back to Life in One Day

On June 25, 2016, MARC hosted the first ever “Flashback Farming” event at the Baltimore County Ag Center and Farm Park.  Families were able to stroll through and participate in 400 years of Maryland’s agricultural history including:

  • Finch Services Inc. demonstrating John Deere’s AutoTrac feature, which enables them to steer themselves! Flashback Farming is just around the corner! Finch Services Inc. is a John Deere dealership located in Westminister, Maryland.
  •  Friends of Hancock Resolution  demonstrating a variety of fence rail splitting techniques during Flashback Farming! Historic Hancock Resolution is a non-profit organization located in Gibson Island, MD
  • Historic Society of Baltimore County shared a photo exhibition showing aspects of farming life in Baltimore County from the late 19th and early 20th century. The Historic Society of Baltimore County, located in Cockeysville Maryland, is a public history institution and research center.
  • Steppingstone Farm Museum had hands on demonstrations with a variety of tools and materials as well as trade demonstrations! Steppingstone Farm Museum, located in Havre de Grace, MD, preserves and interprets the rural heritage of Harford County!
  • Historic Slotterley Plantation went  back 200 years in time through a series of presentations and stories of African Americans as they worked the farms from the 1700 and 1800s. Additionally, the Slotterley Plantation will have an antique tractor demonstration! Slotterley Plantation located in St. Mary’s County, aims to preserve, research, educate, and interpret Slotterley Plantation’s diverse cultures and environments.
  • Baltimore Museum of Industry  discussed  fruit and vegetable canning in the late 19th century. Baltimore Museum of Industry will also have interactive art projects for younger visitors! The Baltimore Museum of Industry, located in Baltimore, MD, aims to provide the best educational experience for the community, to teach about the fascinating history of Baltimore, and to promote a lifelong inter-generational learning.
  • Maryland! Historic St. Mary’s City  interpreted the life of a 17th century Maryland planter during Flashback Farming. Additionally, they will have hands-on demonstrations including: the process of growing tobacco, the process of purchasing tobacco, and process of preparing corn kernels for cooking! Historic St. Mary’s City’s mission is to preserve and protect the archaeological and historical record of Maryland’s first colonial capital and to appropriately develop and use their historic and scenic site for the education, enjoyment, and general benefit of the public.
  • Hampton National Historic Site  displayed slave memorabilia from the 1700 and 1800’s. Additionally, they will be discussing the enslaved African American and European indentured servants experience on the Hampton estate. Hampton National Historic Site, located in Towson, MD, aims to promote directly the historical, scientific, educational and interpretive activities of the Hampton National Historic Site.
  • Carroll County Farm Museum demonstrated how to yoke and lead two oxen while also explaining the eightieth century farming practices. Carroll County Farm museum is located in Westminster, Maryland.  This Farm Museum will take you back to a bygone era filled with country charm and old-fashioned ingenuity.
  • Port Discovery will had an interactive seed burst pot demonstration in which visitors can plant their own clay ball of local wild flowers. Port Discovery Children’s Museum is located in Baltimore, MD. As the premier children’s museum in the mid-Atlantic, Port Discovery Children’s Museum educates children and inspires life-long curiosity.
  • Millstone Cellars demonstrated the cider press as well as exhibiting a variety of apples, interpreting how they were used in cider making, and how the orchard practices have changed over time. Millstone Cellars, located in Monkton, MD, has innovative, handmade, rustic, refined, and traditional ciders and meads.

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