Other Village Structures and Machinery
This represents the style of bridge that was once found all over the Delmarva Peninsula. The roof would protect the main structure from the elements. It also offered temporary shelter as well as passage without causing animals to be distracted or spooked by fast moving waters below.
The sorghum press is located next to the blacksmith shop. Its purpose is to crush the juice from the sorghum plant. The horse walks slowly around in a circle pulling the sweep while someone feeds the stalks through the press. A clean wooden barrel catches the bright green juice as it runs out of the press. A screen on top of the barrel filters the juice. Sorghum molasses is made from sorghum cane. Sorghum represents a double-crop to some farmers because sorghum is a cereal grass, which, at first glance, resembles corn stalks with large clusters of the sorghum grain on top. It is used primarily to make livestock feed. So this farmer profited from not only selling the grain of the plant, but also the molasses he produced.
Windmills harness the power of nature to do the hard work and were used on farms and in villages to grind grain at a mill and pump water. The Traditional American Water Pumping Windmill is legendary for dependably serving the needs of rural families and communities with only minimal maintenance. They are able to survive powerful storms that can destroy buildings undamaged. The windmill gave railroads access to underground water, permitted ranchers to fence and selectively breed cattle and farmers to live on land where there were no rivers, streams, or lakes. See how it works!