The Farm and Forest Museum at Chippokes Plantation
is an open air museum,
chock full of unique and mysterious implements from centuries past.
We were fortunate to have Gary the handy man give us a tour
because he was very informative
about all of the odd contraptions and machines on display.
Seventeenth and eighteenth century time-saving devices for field, forest, and household
look very crude and hardly efficient to modern eyes,
and from our perspective, it was almost impossible to figure out what many were used for.
Following are some of the more mysterious items we saw.
Try to identify each of these strange objects, then check below for the answers.
Item 6: corn sheller
Item 7: Chattanooga Pea Huller. Not green English peas, something called Southern or cow peas.
A type of cow pea is the black-eyed pea.
I thought it must be used to sweep the cotton dust off of the gin floor. Wrong!
According to Mr. Walter Bell, South Carolina Cotton Museum,
Probably killed more than the boll weevils, I'd say.