Somerset in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Working the Turn-of-the-Century Farm
—Culture of the Coast —
The Working Farm. By 1900 mechanization has come to the farm. Equipment was available that made plowing, planting, and harvesting more productive. But, in the days before the gas engine, it was the horse that supplied the power to run the machines.
McCormick Grain Binder. Grain was cut and bound by this machine, performing a task that was done by hand with a scythe and rake.
The Corn Husker/Shredder. Corn ears were removed from the stalk and husked, Stalks were shredded for feed and bedding.
The Corn Binder. This machine could cut, bind, and load corn all at once.
The Plow. Drawn by horses, the walk-behind plow could turn over 1-1½ acres of land on a good day.
The Babcock Farm. Built in 1848 by Jeptha Babcock, a farmer and politician who became a State Assemblyman in 1851. Today the farmhouse has been restored to its original condition and houses a collection of period of authentic period furnishings.
Somerset Old Fashioned Farm Festival. Held every year on the last Sunday in May. 1.Plowing with horses, 2.Wagon rides, 3. Petting zoo, 4. Antique tractors, 5. Cobblestone house tours, 6. Old time crafts & artisans, 7. Equipment demonstrations.
Agriculture has been an important part of coastal culture along the Seaway Trail.
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway marker series.
Location. 43° 20.949′ N, 78° 36.871′ W. Marker is in Somerset, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on Lake Road (New York State Route 18) 0.2 miles west of Hosmer Road (County Route 65), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at the Babcock House Museum, Town of Somerset Historical Society. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7449 Lake Road, Appleton NY 14008, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jacob Fitts (approx. 2.4 miles away); Quaker Cemetary (approx. 2.6 miles away); Salt Spring (approx. 3.1 miles away); In Honor of Those Who Served (approx. 3.3 miles away); David Barker (approx. 3.3 miles away); Pallister House (approx. 3.4 miles away); Site of Stone Marking the Northernmost Point of the Transit Surveyed by Joseph Ellicott In Memory of Those Who for Their Splendid Spirit of Duty (approx. 5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Somerset.
More about this marker. Marker is west of the Somerset Railroad overpass to the coal-fired power plant. The plant's one tall chimney can be seen for miles around.
Also see . . . Babcock House - Niagara County Historical Society Bicentennial. (Submitted on December 9, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Additional keywords. Cobblestone
Categories. • Agriculture •
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