Guest farmers invited to stake out a parcel of Blackland Prairie and plant their own cotton crop
(ROCKWALL, TX – May 12, 2016) The Rockwall Founders Day celebration on Saturday, May 21 will include the opportunity for folks to “lease” parcels of the Rockwall County Historical Foundation’s Cotton Patch and plant cotton seeds for the 2016 growing season. A total of 64 parcels are available (limit two per family) at the Cotton Patch, which is located on the RCHF Museum grounds at 901 Washington Street in Harry Myers Park.
For a one dollar donation, guest farmers will receive a package containing personalized replicas of the documents required, ca. 1880, to lease and farm a parcel of blackland prairie. The package will also include cotton seeds and instructions on how to plant their lease. Farmers are encouraged to check back on their crops progress throughout the season, and to pray for rain!
There will be chuck wagon cooking, textile spinning, butter churning, bee tending, the making of rag dolls, washing on a scrub board, a scavenger hunt and old-fashioned fun.
Of course, the Rockwall County Museum and Gift Shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for tours and souvenirs of the day, including “Legendary Locals,” the newly-released addition to the Sheri Stodghill Fowler book series documenting Rockwall history.
For more information, visit rockwallcountyhistoricalfoundation.com.
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