Cedarock Historical Farm 

Cedarock Garrett House Fall 2014

The Cedarock Historical Farm provides an example of life on a farm in North Carolina during the late 19th Century. Populated with farm animals, antique and replica farm equipment, and a farmhouse, the Historical Farm provides a fun, educational stop while visiting Cedarock Park. This comprehensive homestead includes the original cabin, two story house, smokehouse, corn crib, carriage shed, barn, outhouse, and post office.

 Cedarock Post Office Fall 2014Self guided tours are available during park hours every day. Guided Tours are available by appointment Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. These tours are $20 for Alamance County resident groups and $40 for non-resident groups. Call (336) 229-2410 or (336) 570-6759 to schedule an appointment.

The Friends of Cedarock Historical Farm hold a special open house on select weekends throughout the year which include living history demonstrations to show life on the farm. Interested in helping us interpret this wonderful resource? The Friends are always looking for new volunteers! Check out their brochure below or visit them on Facebook (link will open in a new window).

Friends of the Farm Brochure 2014

 

Historical Farm 1History of the Farm

The Garrett and Albright families have been intertwined for generations in Alamance County. Brothers Ludwig and Jacob Albright's great-granddaughter Polly Albright (1815-1884) married John F. Garrett (1811-1882), and they settled in the western part of present day Cedarock Park.

In 1830 they constructed a small log house which survives as one of the earliest structures in the district. In 1835 they constructed the two-story house. The log house continued to be used as a kitchen for the next 30 years.

According to the 1850 Census and Agricultural Schedules, John Garrett (age 39) and Polly (age 35) lived at the house with their children David (11), Henry (9), George (7), and Sophia (1 month). They owned 5 slaves; an adult male and female (age 45 and 39 respectively) and their sons (age 7, 6, and an infant).

Historical Farm 3John Garrett's farm was valued at $1,150. It was comprised of 85 improved and 30 unimproved acres. It was a typical Alamance County farm in size and value. It was also typical that Mr. Garrett owned only a few slaves, therefore he did much of the work himself. He owned 4 horses, 9 cows, 5 sheep, and 20 swine. His total livestock was valued at $283. Each season, Garrett grew 85 bushels of wheat, 800 bushels of corn, 150 bushels of oats, and 20 bushels of potatoes.

The Garrett farm survived the Civil War, but the 1870 Agricultural Schedule revealed that its value was considerably lessened because of the war. The Garrett farm did survive, and we are proud to conserve and recreate this farm setting.