Old Time Threshing – Slate Run Living Historical Farm

Written/Photo/Video by Andrew Livelsberger

The Slate Run Living Historical Farm is an actual working farm where people can learn how farm life in Ohio was conducted in the late 1800’s.  The farm is part of the Columbus Metro Parks system.

One of the great things about the living historical farm is the immersive experience. They use actual machinery and techniques of the era.

In this demonstration, called threshing, you get to see how early automation helped to separate the wheat from the straw.  It took 5 workers to run the entire process.  Someone needed to drive the horses, 2 people took the wheat from the trailer and staged it for the worker at the hopper and one person to monitor the barrel where the wheat is deposited.  Several times the barrel would need emptied and loaded into a large sack, which you can see in the image immediately above.

We have featured Slate Run many times before, but as you can see, there are a lot of reasons for us to return there!  We think you’ll find a lot of reasons to visit this place often.

Please enjoy this video showing the threshing process in action.  The video is hosted on Youtube, so feel free to load it full screen in all its HD glory.

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