History at the Fair

Welcome to the 56th History & Home link party, but first, a tour around an olde-time settlement displayed at the South Carolina State Fair.  

antique wagon


That antique wagon is a beauty!  And so is this antique truck:

antique truck auto


This truck had a Williams Grist Mill mounted in the back with a 12″ grinding wheel, for grinding grain.  I love the little roof built over the mill!

This next item is really interesting.  This is how children’s carnival rides were made back in the day:

antique carousel kids ride



It was man-powered.  What a tiring job that must have been!

antique carousel kids ride


They demonstrated milking this cute cow. 




These horses were there to show how sugar syrup was pressed before industrial automation.



They were hitched up to this sugar cane press and walked around in circles, which operated the press in the center.  We were able to buy a jar of this freshly pressed sugar syrup and wow, is it good!

antique sugar cane press


A covered wagon and chuck wagon demonstrate how folks used to get around.  The chuck wagon reminds me of the teardrop trailers that became popular in the early 20th century, and have made a come back in popularity recently.  

antique covered wagon

antique covered wagon chuck wagon

 See the little kitchen in the back?


These kids were learning how to do laundry the old fashioned way.

antique hand operated washing


Finally, a wonderfully “olde” tractor.

antique allis chalmers tractor


And now it’s time for my fellow-bloggers to share their stories on history and home.  Thanks for coming with me to the State Fair.  

Sorry I can’t share my elephant ear with you 🙁


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15 thoughts on “History at the Fair

  1. What a fun fair! I need to get to our TX state fair and check out the excitement there. Thanks for hosting.

    Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

  2. This looks like a wonderful State Fair Dawn. We drove through Columbia on our way home from Charleston last week but didn’t realize the fair was going on at the time. Next year!
    Thanks so much for hosting dear lady and be blessed,

  3. Gosh, I remember doing laundry by hand in old galvanized tubs when I was a young bride living at Fort Bragg with my paratrooper husband. Oh my! Loved the horse power to used to operate the sugar cane press.

  4. Another year goes by without us going to the state fair. I am one who loves every exhibit. Thank you for the tour and the party. (This week I am loving Rosie!)

  5. Hi Dawn, now that’s the way a fair should look, IMO! Love all the throwback demos goin’ on there.

    Thanks for hosting us…I’m sharing a couple posts this week – one from home, one from hobby, both vintage. 🙂

  6. looks like a lovely event! i love those old mangles, in finland there are still some huge ones by river banks where rug washing places have been set up.

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