By 1808Delaware

Have you ever wanted to join a book club? Do you enjoy period literature, particularly from the middle of the 20th century?

If so, you’re in luck as the Gallant Farm Literary and Cowpie Society, also known as the Gallant Farm Book Club, has announced the books to be read during the next two months. Anyone 14 and older can attend and join in on the stimulating book discussion. The group meets each month on the last Wednesday starting at 6:30 PM.

From now until further notice, these conversations will take place virtually.

The chosen books are written in the 1930s or 1940s, have those time periods as their topics, or are of general interest to the Gallant Farm audience. Winter 2022 titles and dates are as follows:

  • June 29 – at the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier
  • July 27 – A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness — And a Trove of Letters — Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression by Ted Gup.

For more information about the Book Club, call Gallant Farm at 740-595-3020. Gallant Farm is located at 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware and is part of Preservation Parks of Delaware County.

If you would like to attend the virtual sessions, please email Gallant Farm or call 740-595-3020 and they will get the Zoom meeting link to you.

While at Gallant Farm be sure to check out the Farm Path trail.

The farm path circles the pond, and gets visitors close to the demonstration crop fields in the northern third of the farm. Here, depending on the season, the farm manager might be plowing, planting corn or beans, or completing the harvest. The meadow area includes purple martin gourds to house a colony of these large swallows. Closer to the farmhouse, visitors can watch the house garden evolve through the seasons. In the 1930s and 1940s, produce from this garden would have been grown, harvested and preserved to feed the family all year. The house itself is filled with period furnishings, donated by members of the community. Visitors may wander through the rooms, sit on the furniture, and enjoy the aroma, and maybe a taste, of whatever is baking in the wood stove. The barn was constructed on site, using timbers from an historic 1890’s Delaware County barn. It houses our family of Tunis sheep and features a hayloft where feed hay is stored. The machine shed holds all the tools and implements a 1930s-1940s farm would have required. Other buildings to explore are the garden shed and the granary, which includes a classroom, office space and restrooms.

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