The Smith family manages a working farm – sheep, chickens, turkeys, crops in the field, and vegetables in the house garden. The daily routine means cooking, cleaning, hoeing, and digging. There is blacksmithing and carpentry, dying and weaving, and other household chores and heavy lifting. Work enough for the Smiths, the children, and extended family, but mostly, labor for the family’s enslaved people.
Smith Family Farm includes the 1840s farmhouse and the separate kitchen out back, where the food is cooked. The Smith’s 13 slaves work there and at the other farm buildings on the property – the dairy, blacksmith shop, smokehouse, corncrib, chicken coop, and barn, as well as the vegetable, herb, field, and slave gardens.
As you explore the farm buildings and gardens, travel back in time and come meet the past. When you are at Smith Family Farm, it is always 1860s Georgia – a momentous period for anyone living near Atlanta. The people you meet are in the past and share the stories and experience of their lives at that time.
At the farm, Smith family members, friends, and neighbors, as well as their enslaved workers talk about the challenges of daily life on a rural Georgia farm during the Civil War. During a time of war and conflict they have anxieties about changing times as well as their hopes - hope of peace, hope of fortune, hope of freedom.
When you visit, take time to talk to the people who live and work on Smith Family Farm - both free and enslaved. Learn about their lives and the time in which they live. Understand them, their problems, their hopes, fears, and dreams.