Photograph by Walter Meayers Edwards
Photographed August, 1948
This adorable little stone house was built on the campus of Shepherd College during the summers of 1928 and 1929. The origional purpose of the class project was to encourage children to attend summer school at the college where student teachers could then observe and work with the children. The project quickly evolved into a miniature one acre farm including a barn and garden created and maintained by children. The idea was for children to learn as they played - a concept I am fond of!
The entire farm was modeled after typical farms in the Shenandoah Valley. The children were involved with the initial research to determine what the style the house should be and even what type of furniture should go in it. They also determined what types of crops should be planted and where.
- Shepherd University
"Through the planning and construction of the miniature farm the twelve and thirteen-year old children learned mathematics, English, history, geography, art home economics, architecture and agriculture."-Shepherd University
The "Statement of Purpose" reads:
"In order that children may have a laboratory in which they may learn to work together, faithfully laying the foundation for useful lives, we have built this little house as a unifying center of a miniature farm."