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Watercourses and Drainage

[intro]It rains a lot here! Good drains are vital to stop the ground from becoming waterlogged.  If the land is too wet the crops won’t grow and there won’t be enough grass for the animals. Keeping the drainage ditches open is vital work. [/intro] [details] A small...

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Martin’s Kitchen

[intro] The houses here were named after the head of household. This one is named after Martin Munro, who lived here from his birth in 1858 until he moved away in 1917. The house was built between 1800 and 1840, at right angles to the site...

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Eddie’s Barn

[intro] Eddie's Barn is one of four threshing barns in the township. It now houses a display of agricultural implements. The north end of the barn has been extended to create a byre, meaning more cattle could be kept indoors over the winter. [/intro] [details] [caption id="attachment_22902" align="alignnone" width="800"]...

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Stackyards and Stackstands

[intro] After the harvest, a considerable amount of corn and hay had to be stored until it was needed over the coming year.  Some was stored inside barns, but the rest had to be stacked up outside.[/intro] [details] [caption id="attachment_21717" align="alignnone" width="669"] Making hay close to the New...

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The Slate House

[intro] The last people to live here called this building ‘The Slate House’ - it is the only building in the township with a slate roof. Inside, there are standings for two large working horses. The building is now home to our flock of hens. [/intro] [details]...

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Stoner’s Barn

[intro] Barns like this one, associated with Stoner’s House, were used to store crops like oats, barley, potatoes and hay until they were needed.  From the early 19th century, barns were built across the wind with two doors opposite each other. The through-draught helped in the...

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Building Y

[intro] On the other side of the main road you can see Building Y. This is a threshing barn. It was home to the tractor in the early 1960s, and was one of the last buildings used for farming – in the late 1960s, Willie Weir...

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