| May/June 1995

6284 26 Mile Road, Homer, Michigan 49245-9406

Now that the hectic pace of summer and fall is slowing down, I felt it would be a good time to send in an article and some photos of our fall festival.

Here in Michigan, this has been an unusual fall and winter with unusually high temperatures with almost no snow. We have the corn all harvested here at home and the deer hunting season is over. This is always exciting for the whole neighborhood, young and old. We had pretty good luck here by getting six bucks, one winning two area contests.

Enough talk about the home farm. I'll give you a little background on the 'Blair Farm.'

The Fall Festival is held the last weekend in September, in Homer, Michigan. Homer is a town with a population of approximately 1600 people, located in South Central Michigan. In 1973 two ladies, Maude and Bess Blair, were concerned with what to do with their property, as they had never married. Their farm of approximately 100 acres had been in their family for over 150 years, and was located two miles east of Homer on Highway M-60. They made the decision to donate the complete farm to the Homer Historical Society with a request to preserve the past history and to educate the general public on rural farm life.

The farm consists of a house, hip roof barn, chicken coop, a general storage building and an out-house. It sits among 250-year-old red and white oak trees, plus approximately a 20-acre woods with a nature trail. All buildings have been completely restored, with the large red barn just being completed.