Photo: courtesy of Marie Ross
In the 1800s and early 1900s, small farms in Warrensburg raised vegetables and livestock to sustain the local population. But with the advent of large-scale farming operations, family farms all but disappeared in Warren County. In recent years, however, the small farms are experiencing a resurgence with the advent of the sustainable farm movement.
The Warrensburgh Museum of Local History is now hosting an exhibit that examines the changing role of agriculture over the past two centuries in Warrensburg.
The new exhibit, "Local Agriculture: The Past 200 Years," portrays the bygone era during which the local landscape hosted small farms raising vegetables and livestock to sustain the local population.
During the late 19th century and into the 20th century, farmers were engaged in raising sheep, produce and poultry, as well as producing dairy, and maple products — all primarily for regional consumption. As larger farms developed nationally and faster transportation permitted wider distribution, local farms went into decline, too small to compete. Today, however, a resurgence in local and sustainable food systems is once again changing how we use the lands of our forebears.
The exhibit was developed by Brittany Hastings, who operates Hastings Farm, one of two new local vegetable farms. It will remain on display through the summer and fall, until Columbus Day. Regular hours at the museum are Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. The museum, at 3754 Main St., is fully accessible. The main entrance and parking are at the rear of the building. For details, call 623-2207.