|Mr. Brown Loflin (from the Park Facebook Page).|
With little hesitation, we purchases our tickets from the station and found our seats, along with other anxious passengers.
Some cowboys were wanting to horsewhip a boy for being a horse thief.
The accused Horse Thief
The Sheriff chose to intervene and suggested the horses may have wandered off.
When the Sheriff was not looking, he became the victim of an attack.
Our car was invaded by a nearly blind Train Robber called Hobart.
The Sheriff was rescued by the accused Horsethief he had saved, with a frying pan.
After our exciting and eventfully train ride around the park, we had the opportunity to meet Miss Caroline Smith from Denton. Miss Smith is the 2014 Southeast Old Thrashers Reunion Queen. She is a college student pursuing her Master's degree and wears her crown well. My grandson, who loves pretty girls, was so stricken by her, he was too shy to have his picture made with her.
The event is a week long, taking place every Fourth of July week. People come from all over and camp around the parameter of the park. The campers become a community of their own. They set up temporary homes under the shade of the big oaks that surround the park and produce their own exhibits.
This instant community is reminiscent of antique photographs I've seen of old "Camp Meetings", where people would stay for a week or two around a church or at an area were a revival and evangelists were preaching. It is also likened to old pictures of Gold Hill, where many hopeful minors and there families would set up tents and other forms of temporary shelters, to seek their fortune before they either settled down in a more permanent fixture or moved on.
The "Instant Community" of Denton Farm Park.
The most fascinating part of the park, for me, is the recreated town of Jackson Hill. The real town of Jackson Hill lay along what is now Highway 8, a rambling country road that begins it's southern end in Stanly County, in New London and winds and climbs its way through the Uwharries and follows the Yadkin up through Davidson County to Lexington and beyond. A few orignal buildings still exist there and of course, people still live there. The Surratt Mill still operates there, but other buildings, like the Methodist Church and the Post Office, have been relocated to Denton Farm Park.
The Feed Store.
A sign at the original location of the town called Jackson Hill.
|The Post Office inside the Jackson Hill General Store|
|Post Office Boxes once used at Jackson Hill|
|A Game of Chess takes place as it would have in olden days inside the old Post Office. A Barber Chair is to the right.|
|An old Cash Register. Phones were above it.|
|The old switchboard for the Telephone Company|
|A wall of the General Store|
|Another relocate old store building|
|A view of Main Street|
|Jackson Hill Church|
|Another Mercantile Surrounded by Campers|
|Inside View of the Historic Church|
|A Plague Commemorating the Move of the Church Building|
|The Church in its original location after desertion and before restoration|
|Jackson Hill Church takes a ride|
|Old Esso Station|
|Inside the old Gas Station|
|Another shot of Main Street|
|Around the corner View|
|My Favorite Spot, the old farm where the "Farm Park" gets its name from.|
|A View of some of the outbuilding from the side of the Main House.|
|The Main Farm House|
|One of the outbuildings. Old Farms held several utility structures.|
|The Tramping Barn|
|Bluegrass was in the air.|
|Closeup of the Barn|
|Smoke House for Smoking Meats|
|Heritage Garden beside the House|
|The Kitchen House, separate from the Dwelling House in case of fire.|
|The Porch of the Dwelling House|
|Inside the Kitchen House, the fireplace|
|The table inside the Kitchen House|
|The Back Porch, notice the Upstairs Windows|
|Farmers at the Log Cabin. Notice the Farmhouse in the Distance|
|Mother and foal|
|A Close Up of the Activity behind Main Street|
|The Audience, including my own little Onlooker|
|Another old farmhouse on the backside of the Property awaiting restoration|
|The Old Thrashers Reunion is an event for the entire family.|
|A View of the Farm from across the pond, showing Dwelling House, Kitchen House, Smoke House and several of the barns, sheds, corn crib, well, etc.|
|The surrounding countryside of the Handy community is full of old abandoned farm houses.|
|Green fields abound|
|As does Cow Pastures.|
|Other Old Buildings, Stores and Mercantiles still exist in the area.|
|Old Steam Engines Welcome Visitors|