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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Lovelace Cabin at Heritage Farm

Moving to Heritage Farm

Moving to Heritage Farm

Take a look at our farm logo at the top left of this page. We chose a rendition of a log cabin to convey our identity. But it is not just any cabin. The Lovelace Cabin at Heritage Farm represents a valued part of our heritage. It reminds us every day of our agricultural roots, solid values and the importance of faith and family.

Here’s the story: In 1987, Beth’s parents, Bob and Nelda Lovelace owned what is now Heritage Farm. Beth and Tim live in Indianapolis at that time and were involved in their health care careers. Even so, we would often visit the farm on weekends, longing for a time when we could enjoy the farm more often.

One day, a neighboring farmer approached Beth’s dad and told of a discovery he had made. While clearing an old homestead on his property, he discovered that the old white clapboard farmhouse was hiding an antique treasure underneath all that siding and plaster. He revealed the hand-hewn poplar logs of two story log cabin; perfectly preserved by it’s modern coverings. He went on to say that he wasn’t interested in the cabin, and he asked if Bob wanted it. Bob knew that both Beth and Tim were interested in early American History and after a family discussion, we all decided that this would be a great project—something that would bring us back to the farm and provide hours of family time in restoration work!

We hired a house mover to move the cabin down 3 miles of country roads to its current location on the farm. After a couple of seasons of restoration, we held our first family Christmas gathering in the cabin.

Through the years, we’ve had many more gatherings. We enjoy sharing with clubs, school and church groups and anyone who wants to experience a little bit of the past and enjoy the serenity of the farm. We are in the process of renovating the cabin again to make it a more comfortable guest house for our customers and boarders to use when they visit the farm.

Several time a year we build a big, crackling fire in the fireplace on a cold winter night and just sit in front of it basking in the warm glow of candle light. As the firelight dances off those big old logs, we imagine what it must have been like to live the without the comforts and conveniences we enjoy today. We think about how those families toiled to survive harsh Indiana winters and the hot, humid summers. Families spending all of their time together; parents directly involved in every aspect of raising their kids and instilling life-long gifts of faith and values. We also think about the good times they must have had. They had to invent much of their own fun and entertainment. But they did just fine. And I actually think they were better off in many ways.

Valuing Our Past, Breeding for the Future

Our mission at Heritage Farm is to apply that same pioneer spirit and value system to our alpaca business. We are dedicated to working hard to provide the best of care to our herd and our boarder’s alpacas. We will selectively breed to the best herdsires and apply new knowledge to constantly improve our herd. And we will deliver the best in education and services to our customers. I imagine the original occupants of the Lovelace cabin would have done nothing less.
Building the back porches

Building the back porches

Tim removing siding

Tim removing siding

Daughter Jennifer helping

Daughter Jennifer helping

Cabin and red barn

Cabin and red barn