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Heritage Day at Cross Orchards Living History Farm

Pat Martin
Grand Junction, Colo.

Everybody was fascinated by the beekeeper and his bees.

Cross Orchards Living History Farm recently celebrated Heritage Day, an opportunity for folks – and especially kids – to step back into the past and experience the lives of their ancestors in the late 1800s, a time when the majority of Americans lived and worked on farms, and self-sufficiency was a given.

The farm was once one of the largest apple orchards in Colorado, boasting 22,000 trees and hundreds of workers. Several of the original buildings are still on site, among them the barn/packing shed and the bunkhouse, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the farm’s heyday, the combination packing shed and barn was the hub of activity during the harvest season, as well as the operations center for the farm year-round. Today agricultural exhibits abound, featuring live farm animals, unique irrigation systems, vineyards, vegetable gardens, antique vehicles, farm machinery and railroad cars, and, on special occasions such as Heritage Day, re-enactors in period dress plying their historic trades for the education and enjoyment of visitors.

Twenty-first century kids, and everyone else who visits Cross Orchards Living History Farm, come away from the experience with a genuine appreciation for those who came before.

An outdoor division of the Museum of Western Colorado in Grand Junction, Colo., Cross Orchards is located at 3703 F (Patterson) Road. Due to budget restraints, it is currently closed for the season, except for special events such as Heritage Day. For information on upcoming events, please call (970) 242-0971.

Cross Orchards Living History Farm recently celebrated Heritage Day, an opportunity for folks – and especially kids – to step back into the past and experience the lives of their ancestors in the late 1800s, a time when the majority of Americans lived and worked on farms, and self-sufficiency was a given.

The farm was once one of the largest apple orchards in Colorado, boasting 22,000 trees and hundreds of workers. Several of the original buildings are still on site, among them the barn/packing shed and the bunkhouse, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the farm’s heyday, the combination packing shed and barn was the hub of activity during the harvest season, as well as the operations center for the farm year-round. Today agricultural exhibits abound, featuring live farm animals, unique irrigation systems, vineyards, vegetable gardens, antique vehicles, farm machinery and railroad cars, and, on special occasions such as Heritage Day, re-enactors in period dress plying their historic trades for the education and enjoyment of visitors.

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Twenty-first century kids, and everyone else who visits Cross Orchards Living History Farm, come away from the experience with a genuine appreciation for those who came before.

An outdoor division of the Museum of Western Colorado in Grand Junction, Colo., Cross Orchards is located at 3703 F (Patterson) Road. Due to budget restraints, it is currently closed for the season, except for special events such as Heritage Day. For information on upcoming events, please call (970) 242-0971.

Cross Orchards Living History Farm recently celebrated Heritage Day, an opportunity for folks – and especially kids – to step back into the past and experience the lives of their ancestors in the late 1800s, a time when the majority of Americans lived and worked on farms, and self-sufficiency was a given.

The farm was once one of the largest apple orchards in Colorado, boasting 22,000 trees and hundreds of workers. Several of the original buildings are still on site, among them the barn/packing shed and the bunkhouse, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the farm’s heyday, the combination packing shed and barn was the hub of activity during the harvest season, as well as the operations center for the farm year-round. Today agricultural exhibits abound, featuring live farm animals, unique irrigation systems, vineyards, vegetable gardens, antique vehicles, farm machinery and railroad cars, and, on special occasions such as Heritage Day, re-enactors in period dress plying their historic trades for the education and enjoyment of visitors.

Twenty-first century kids, and everyone else who visits Cross Orchards Living History Farm, come away from the experience with a genuine appreciation for those who came before.

An outdoor division of the Museum of Western Colorado in Grand Junction, Colo., Cross Orchards is located at 3703 F (Patterson) Road. Due to budget restraints, it is currently closed for the season, except for special events such as Heritage Day. For information on upcoming events, please call (970) 242-0971.

Cross Orchards Living History Farm recently celebrated Heritage Day, an opportunity for folks – and especially kids – to step back into the past and experience the lives of their ancestors in the late 1800s, a time when the majority of Americans lived and worked on farms, and self-sufficiency was a given.

The farm was once one of the largest apple orchards in Colorado, boasting 22,000 trees and hundreds of workers. Several of the original buildings are still on site, among them the barn/packing shed and the bunkhouse, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the farm’s heyday, the combination packing shed and barn was the hub of activity during the harvest season, as well as the operations center for the farm year-round. Today agricultural exhibits abound, featuring live farm animals, unique irrigation systems, vineyards, vegetable gardens, antique vehicles, farm machinery and railroad cars, and, on special occasions such as Heritage Day, re-enactors in period dress plying their historic trades for the education and enjoyment of visitors.

Twenty-first century kids, and everyone else who visits Cross Orchards Living History Farm, come away from the experience with a genuine appreciation for those who came before.

An outdoor division of the Museum of Western Colorado in Grand Junction, Colo., Cross Orchards is located at 3703 F (Patterson) Road. Due to budget restraints, it is currently closed for the season, except for special events such as Heritage Day. For information on upcoming events, please call (970) 242-0971.

Cross Orchards Living History Farm recently celebrated Heritage Day, an opportunity for folks – and especially kids – to step back into the past and experience the lives of their ancestors in the late 1800s, a time when the majority of Americans lived and worked on farms, and self-sufficiency was a given.

The farm was once one of the largest apple orchards in Colorado, boasting 22,000 trees and hundreds of workers. Several of the original buildings are still on site, among them the barn/packing shed and the bunkhouse, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the farm’s heyday, the combination packing shed and barn was the hub of activity during the harvest season, as well as the operations center for the farm year-round. Today agricultural exhibits abound, featuring live farm animals, unique irrigation systems, vineyards, vegetable gardens, antique vehicles, farm machinery and railroad cars, and, on special occasions such as Heritage Day, re-enactors in period dress plying their historic trades for the education and enjoyment of visitors.

Twenty-first century kids, and everyone else who visits Cross Orchards Living History Farm, come away from the experience with a genuine appreciation for those who came before.

An outdoor division of the Museum of Western Colorado in Grand Junction, Colo., Cross Orchards is located at 3703 F (Patterson) Road. Due to budget restraints, it is currently closed for the season, except for special events such as Heritage Day. For information on upcoming events, please call (970) 242-0971.