Maybe they were some of the last hot days of 2019, and if so, thank goodness! As we left the campground the other weekend, we stopped by the Oconoluftee Mountain Farm Museum down the road eager to explore the little old homestead. The historic log farm buildings were moved to this sweet valley tucked beside the Oconoluftee River in 1950, and it was neat to peek inside this old home built from chestnut wood before the chestnut blight hit our mountains in the early 1930s and 40s. I found the home to be quite charming and marveled at how much of that lifestyle from over 100 years ago now appeals to me (and many of you too, I would guess). It would be a beautiful little spot for a real homestead. The children enjoyed running free and seeing the free-range chickens and the smelly old sow in her picket enclosure by the river. And of course, the elk again with the sweet fawns, so close to our car.
Afterward we had planned to begin the drive home but the kids begged and pleaded for us to let them swim in the river again before we left. It’s truly a beautiful river so we let them swim one last time before heading home. It was a really sweet, fun weekend (even though camping with kiddos is a ton of prep and work!) and a good way to make the best of these last warm summer days.