The Wessels Living History Farm was established by a gift from the late David Wessels, a bachelor farmer who’s grandparents were German immigrants that settled in York County in 1905. The complex features a 1920’s period appropriate house with fixtures and furnishings that would be representative of a prosperous farm. The out buildings like the barn and granary give you an idea of what life was like on farms in the early 20th century. The out buildings include displays such as the posted plans of the granary, corn shellers that allow children to shell corn as well as antique husking tools and other implements.
The farm equipment building features tractors and other farm implements from the 1920’s forward. These displays give details about the equipment and impact of the mechanized farming revolution that allowed American farmers to vastly increase their productivity throughout the 20th century. The farm equipment building also features displays highlighting parts of David Wessels life, his love for farming and farm equipment, as well as his service in WWII.
In addition to the period-appropriate outbuildings and the farm equipment building there is also a fully equipped one room school house that is so old that no one in its community recalled just when it was built. The schoolhouse was moved to the property where it sits beside a 1905 small-town Lutheran Church that features a 1914 George Kilgen organ. established the Living History Farm project, which aims to share the story of agriculture with the world. Live exhibits and demonstrations, television and internet technology will all be used to tell of the never-ending journey of agriculture.
The Wessels Living History Farm is also available for event rentals and weddings in addition to the events that the farm hosts throughout the year.