Clayton Savage, a member of Boy Scout Troop 423, selected Old Dry Road Farm for a project for his Eagle Scout award. Clayton (center of 2nd photo), who resides near the farm, spent many hours fishing from the dock at the Hottenstein pond when he was younger and had noticed that the wood structure had begun to show signs of aging. On Saturday September 15, 2018 Clayton and his crew arrived and tackled the rebuilding and improvements to the dock. The land side of the dock now overhangs the lawn so users do not have to jump the two foot gap over water that had previously existed. Our thanks to Clayton for thinking of ODRF and for the improvements that he and his team contributed to the farm. Great job Clayton!

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Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Rain or shine

Music provided by: Crow Hill Bluegrass

Open stage is available and encouraged.

Feel free to have a jam session under the trees, all day long.

Bring your lawn chairs and spend the afternoon listening to music,

touring the buildings and garden.

Colonial Life Demonstrations and Local Artisans


Open Hearth Cooking

Making Sauerkraut (Heidelberg Heritage Society)

Churning Butter

Dipping Candles

Cider press in operation ~ fresh-pressed cider for sale

Bake oven demonstration

Food and Refreshments For Sale

Home-made Ham & Bean Soup

Chicken Corn Noodle Soup

Beef BBQ and Hot Dogs

Assorted Baked Goods

Fresh Squeezed Apple Cider


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Preston Weaver, Mountain View Building, and his crew or workers showed up at Old Dry Road Farm on April 23, 2018 to begin on the largest building improvement project we have ever under taken. The crew replaced the entire roof on the Hottenstein barn with new metal panels and installed a donated copper rooster weather vane while they were up there. They then moved on to replace the north side of the Staudt barn roof as well as a new metal roof on the adjacent wagon shed. Cosmetic repairs were also made to the siding of the barn as well as the corn crib. They finished up by installing new metal roofs on the Hottenstein granary and the Essig pig sty buildings. Brubaker Seamless Gutter sub-contractor, Rodger Martin, put on the finishing touches with new gutters and leaf guards on the Staudt barn as well as gutter guards on the Essig barn. We should be in good shape as far as roofs go for the next 40 years, knowing that there will be no more water leaking into those buildings. Our thanks to the contractors and the workers for their skilled efforts to pull this all together.

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