Metzgers Cherish, Preserve Family History
Preserving his family’s history is important to Mark Metzger. And he enjoys sharing his knowledge of the past with others.
The Hancock Historical Museum held its second annual Barn Tour on September 20, with six area barns opened up to the public. Mark volunteered to join in by opening up two of his historic barns.
One of the structures is a well-preserved bank barn built in 1898 from trees harvested from the adjacent woods. The barn formerly housed a dairy operation, and is now used as a site for family gatherings. Two brightly-painted quilt-squares welcome visitors as they enter the structure.
Inside the barn, visitors could learn about its construction, and Mark gave demonstrations on the use of some old farm equipment, including a cream separator, egg washer, a McCormick hand corn sheller and a Clipper seed cleaner. Showcased outside was the Fordson tractor his grandfather bought in 1922 and which Mark still drives today.
Thank you, Mark and family, for sharing your Century Farm and agricultural heritage with others.
Banner Photo: Metzger family members include (from left): Grandson Logan; Mark; Grandson Brandon; Mark’s wife, Drena; and Son Lowell.