Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Mulberry Lane Farm is named after the 100+ year old tree that still majestically stands at the farm. Although old and has lost many of it's limbs, the tree still bears mulberry fruit. While on your tour of the farm your guide will share the story of the mulberry tree we obtained:
Excerpt from “The Schwabenlander Family, A Genealogical Record and Brief History” book, 1992.
"… However, they also had their fun. The one thing which was often mentioned by
This particular mulberry tree was planted by John Prechtel back in the 1880’s when he also planted an apple orchard, of which some apple trees along with the mulberry tree are still bearing fruit today. By the early 1920’s, when this mulberry tree was probably in its prime, it bore enough berries to feed all the birds in the whole neighborhood, and then some. However, if the birds had not already picked most of the berries before they were really ripe, the family would use some in making jam and jellies. From all indications, Frances and three of her siblings, namely, Anthony, Marie and Rose were a very closely knit group throughout most of their adolescent and teenage years, whether at work or at play. Even today, some of their little adventures from the days when Rose was only eight years old are often talked about. …"