Written by Shirley T
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 08:20
A traditional crafts village at Brazos de Dios of homesteading community, Homestead Heritage is one of the top attractions at Waco, Texas. The log cabin Visitor's Center stands just right after the front gate at Brazos de Dios is ready to serve you if you need any information to get around the 500-acre farmland.
Brazos de Dios is the home for many farmers, craftsmen and their families. Their daily routine of farming and homestead endeavors is inherited from years of cultivation and effort, acquiring and establishing skills of self-sufficiency to support a simpler way of life.
Operated by a Christian community, the aim of Homestead Heritage Farm is to demonstrate the possibility of deriving a family’s food needs from a small farm. At the same time, it serves as a teaching and research facility for homesteading subject and related essential skills. This place is a working homestead that consists of animal pens and corrals, pastures, a huge area for horse farming, a vineyard, berry patch, an orchard and almost everything you can see in a farm.
Homestead Heritage houses a log cabin which is operated as Visitor's Center cum Deli & Bakery, originally built in the 1840’s at Missouri and an English barn. The original barn was built in 1760, New Jersey. If you love pottery, do check out The Potter's House (next to The Barn) and enjoy watching the potters shaped these clay vessels. Each piece is unique. It takes between 3 weeks to 2 months to complete the end-to-end process before it turns into an attractive product.
For folks who love woodworking, Homestead Heritage Furniture provides an opportunity to watch the experienced
craftsmen and their apprentices to demonstrate carpentry skill.
On the same ground, there is a gristmill where one can purchase freshly ground wheat, corn and mixes to produce breads and pastries. Don't forget to catch a glimpse of a water-wheel that drives the mill outside this building.
Next, we strolled at Herb Garden - an area that features green patches to cultivate some cooking spices like cayenne and mint leaves as well as flowers and companion plants.
For me, I did not manage to finish every corner at Homestead Heritage due to time constraint. If you plan to visit this place, I'd suggest you to spare 4-6 hours to really explore the farm.
I wish to revisit on the coming Thanksgiving weekend as it will coincide with 'Homestead Craft & Children's Fair'. The annual fair is hosted on Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm while Sunday is from 12 pm to 5 pm. As a tradition which has been carried out since 21 years ago, Thanksgiving weekend is the only period of the year that camping is allowed on the ground of Homestead Heritage. A long list of activities have been lined up to provide exposure in sewing, spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, candle making, guitar making, boat building, horse farming, sorghum making, milking and many more. Grab this opportunity to experience homestead and hope you have a great time with your family!
Homestead Heritage Deli
608 Dry Creek Road
Waco, TX 76705
Phone: (254) 754 9604
Open year-round, Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm
1. Walking tour & map to get around.
2. Location and how to contact Homestead Heritage.
3. Homestead Crafts & Children's Fair - Phone: (254) 754 9681
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