Blacksmiths created hammers, axes, sickles, bits, files and carving tools for farmers and craftsmen; welded and fitted wagon tires and metal rims for horse-drawn vehicles; produced nails to construct buildings; and designed and fashioned special utensils for cooking. It was a vital service for the functioning of a farm.
With help from volunteer blacksmiths and a grant from Wal-Mart, a blacksmith shop is now under construction at Poplar Heights and will be open later this summer.
The Shop is located on the east side of the farm across the circle drive from Seelinger Mill and Threads.
Here you can feel the heat of the forge, hear the metal striking iron, and see useful pieces being forged out of fire and metal. Perhaps you'll even try your hand at making a nail or hook.