What struck me most was the ingenuity and the simplicity of life back then. In some ways our lives have become so full of "conveniences" that they have replaced the joy of making things ourselves, living more in tune to nature and being more at peace.
I mentioned before that I found out that the museum has an Heirloom Seed project. They have large gardens and greenhouses where they can propagate plants from as early as the beginning 1800's!! And you can still order this same exact seed! (Go here to order online.) Of course back then, doctors weren't always readily available and they relied on herbs for remedies. That is also an attractive part of their lifestyle.
Nathaniel especially liked the farm animals-- the sheep, the goats, the chickens, the cow, the horses and mostly, the turkeys!!!
If you ever get to Lancaster, it is a great place to visit!
We love our life here in Lancaster County and have embraced the idea of buying fresh and buying local! I hope that your area has something similar. If you do live in this area, there are plenty of farmer's markets and stands to buy fresh, local produce from! Here's my little list:
Find what's fresh near you on the NRDC website!