You can read about Part 1 here. After wandering around the historic houses and marveling over the advances in modern technology (like, uh, washing machines and light bulbs!), we made our way over the the Cheese Factory Museum. I have to admit, I know very little about the history of cheesemaking. I don’t even eat cheese very often!
The cheese industry in New York was the top in the nation for a while, even surpassing Wisconsin. Cheese was an important meat substitute for the diets of early Americans. Livestock was not eaten nearly as frequently as it is now.
The kids had a lot of fun exploring the various hands-on displays.
Cheesemaking and selling was a highly competitive and volatile market. Toward the beginning of the 20th century, cheesemaking in the United States was on the decline, and Canadian cheese rose to be the cream of the crop, so to speak. Domestic cheeses in New York State remained popular, until the Legislature passed a law forbidding taverns to offer free meals to the patrons. This essentially killed the cheese industry in the state. Figures. Stupid Legislature, still up to their old tricks!
After our cheese education, we wandered over to the town tavern for a drink. Free lemonade!
We explored the building a little. Here’s a real trundle bed.
And a little barber’s shop on the second floor.
The third floor was all open space. Lovely!
The Harden Museum was a huge barn full of old buggies, carriages, and sleighs. These vehicles were the main form of transportation for hundreds of years until the automobile.
The boys were more interested in what was in this little tunnel.
Nothing, it was just a display of a bridge that sleighs crossed.
We even saw an old hearse!
After this escapade, we went to see the old schoolhouse and Methodist church.
It is amazing how simple the school is. And the education far surpasses that what is done today. The Methodist church was beautiful in its simplicity, too.
It was almost time for the Packet Boat ride! I’ll have more on that— and a video– very soon!