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Below you'll find photos taken on our first visit to Pioneer Farms on August 17th, 2018. I'm also going to include some other photographs taken on some follow up visits in which we had more light to work with, just so you can get a clearer picture of the property and the many buildings we explored.
This is the general store that was built for the set of a film that matched the era. It's the first building you'll see to your left as you enter the front entrance of the site.
This row of buildings and homes run the length of the left side of the square, just past the general store. There were no reports of unexplained activity in these buildings so we never entered or explored them. Strangely enough, Sara never even bothered walking to this side of the property and did not ask to explore the buildings.
Here volunteer Catherine shows us to the right side of the village.
This is the Wessel Dance Hall.
This is the Aynesworth-Wright House.
And this is the last house you'll pass on your way out of Sprinkle Corner Village - The Orsay House.
The first thing I did when we arrived was sit down and interview long-time Pioneer Farms volunteer Rhonda briefly on the porch of the Tate House, which now operates as the farm's front office. Behind me are volunteers Catherine, Ceirdwn, and Chuck.
I did my best to capture as much testimony as I could while we waited for everyone to arrive and take the long journey to explore the entire farm.
Chuck and I discussed his sighting of the cowboy and the history of the Chisholm Trail. And others shared small anecdotes.
Soon the sun was setting and we were finally ready to begin our tour, exploring every inch of this place, the best we could. From here on out, I'll share photos from both our walks walks around this magnificent place, by ourselves and when Sara arrived as well.
Here Sara was pulled to the Orsay house, seeing a tall shadow figure in the windows.
The shadow figure she described matched what Rhonda had reported seeing standing at the picket fence at this exact location.
After the energy at the Orsay house grew upset, we pushed on down the trail. Sara kept getting asked the question "Where am I?" from many of the spirits she was encountering. She was unaware of it at the time, but we all knew that the majority of the buildings on this property were transplanted here from other parts of town or even other towns. So I was curious if the spirits she was seeing came with the buildings and were no lost and confused on these grounds.
The trail comes to a fork and you can go left or right. We chose to go right both times and knew it would circle us back around to the other side eventually.
At this fork, if you look to your right, you'll see a tiny stagecoach stop. This is where Sara spotted a man with a banker-type hat waving.
Kruger Farm Homestead during the day
Although we hadn't had any reports at this homestead, Sara was pulled to it and found a male spirit not of the era of the building residing on this property. She believes his name to be Edwin. There was also an elusive female spirit roaming the ground here. When Sara explored the backyard here, she discovered the mysterious portals and believed the spirits were using these to travel throughout various spots on the farm.
Eventually we made it to the Tonkawa encampment and were all in awe of the 500-600 year old oak tree by the banks of Walnut Creek. Behind it you can see the mock teepee and camp set up in the clearing there. Behind where we are standing is a small trail lined with lots of trees and vegetation. This was where Sara noticed the Native American spirits standing guard as we approached this area in the dark.
Moving on past the encampment we began circling back, following the trail that would lead us back around to the front entrance. On this path, our next stop was the Texian Farm or the Jourdan-Bachman Homestead.
The Texian Farm is one of the only original buildings on the premises. It features a dog run cutting through the middle of the home.