Built around 1880 by John C. Thomas, he learned to be a saddle maker from his uncle. He partnered with his two brothers forming the Thomas Brothers Hardware and Saddlery which was located on the corner of Union and Main Street in Hartford. He lived there with his wife and son.
Parks Log Cabin
The Parks Log Cabin was constructed in 1838 by David Parks. It was located in the Horse Branch area and was moved to the property in 1976. Some of the logs are 22 inches wide and it used to have a loft where the children slept. The chimney is not original to the building; it was constructed from stones from Revolutionary War soldier Jesse Ashby’s cabin chimney and stones from the retaining wall of the second county courthouse built in 1813-1815. It is furnished with period antiques.
This building contains old farm equipment, tools, and even a rattlesnake! (Don’t worry, he’s stuffed.) You can see everything from a loom to Native American artifacts in here.
This one room school came from the Goshen area. It was disassembled and reassembled on our property and dedicated in 1996. Come see what education was like in the 1800s. We may even let you ring the bell!
CSX donated this wonderful caboose in 1995. A conductor and brakeman used to ride in these special cars. The conductor did paperwork and the brakeman threw the switches. See what riding the rails would have been like.
Elfie Autry’s Country Store
This tiny one room store was located on Clay Street in Hartford. Check out the products that would have been sold here.