1880's Living History Farm

Wheat threshing

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Parklawn Drive ,Kettering, Ohio 45440

Carriage Hill Farm is a living history farm operated by the Park District of Dayton-Montgomery County in Dayton, Ohio. At the farm, volunteers recreate the lifestyle of a conservative farming family of the 1880's.

Carriage Hill Farm owns two working steam engines. The engines are operated by volunteers of the steam operations group with Park District supervision. Our portable engine (in the picture) is an Empire, 6 HP, built in 1896 by the Hagerstown, Maryland Steam Engine and Machine Company. It may be the only surviving operable steam engine of its type from this company.

The picture shows us using the Empire as the power source for our wheat threshing demonstrations. Hidden behind the wagon is a Geiser thresher. Demonstrations are held throughout the year, except for winter.

Our other engine is a 1924, 50 HP Peerless traction engine built in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Both engines are used regularly for demonstrations of farm activities such as wheat and oat threshing, wood steaming and sawing, tobacco bed steaming, sorghum pressing and steaming, and grain grinding.

The farm is open to the public year round. Anyone who is interested in joining the steam operations group should call Doug Smith at 513-879-0461.