Farming family celebrates history

Published 7:59 pm Sunday, September 28, 2008

The second annual Fall in Folsom on Oct. 4, will again put the Moore-Webb-Holmes Plantation on display.

In 2007, the Holmes family of Perry County held the inaugural Fall in Folsom celebration, opening its active farm so that visitors could experience six generations of farming history.

Hosts Charles and Jenny Holmes, along with their immediate family William, Mary Quitman, Mary Coleman, Webb, Marietta and Cooper, are proud to showcase more than 28 historic buildings on site — including a cotton gin, log seed house, smoke house, weaving house, and more. Visitors will also enjoy their general store, built in 1875, which features photographs and tools showing a family’s history for more than 100 years.

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The Holmes designed Fall in Folsom to be a family-oriented event, basically a day of fun on the farm. All ages will enjoy demonstrations of the gristmill, blacksmith shop, basket weaving, quilting and sawing timber. Kids can enjoy the hay ride and hay slide, as well as pick their own pumpkin to take home.

An exciting addition for this year’s event is a traveling biodiesel exhibit sent by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. Charles Holmes described it as a one-of-a-kind demo unit that allows folks to watch how used vegetable oil can be turned into diesel fuel.

“The Perry County Economic Development Board is interested in bringing this same technology to farmers in Perry and surrounding counties, so that they can use their own crops to make biodiesel,” said Holmes.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The farm is located on Alabama Highway 14, six miles west of Marion and 12 miles east of Greensboro. Admission is $10 for adults, discounted for children. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Jenny Holmes at 683-9955.