30 Acre Site
Hilltop Fire Pit
Prior to 1963 a white farmhouse was situated at the top of this hill. When the house was torn down and the present one built below it, the entire hill became overgrown with trees over time. Last year we cleared out most of the trees and, using the top section of one of the grain bins, constructed a covered pavilion with fire pit and accent lights. It is a great spot to congregate, enjoy the fire and great 360 degree view of the countryside.
Wooded Trails in Southwest Area
The south side of the 30 acres was completely overgrown with trees and underbrush. We cleaned-out underbrush on the east side of this wooded area but left the west side in its natural state. I did cut some trails through this area so that you can walk or bike through it.
Oak Tree Haven
One of the dominant features of the 30 acres is the large number of oak trees. They range in age from saplings to hundreds of years old. The area used to be inhabited with Indian tribes and has been a popular place over the years to search for artifacts.
A few years ago our contract farmer was gracious enough to dig out a small pond on the property to both retain storm water and create a convenient water source to attract and sustain the community of animals that live there.
Antique Grain Barn
Corn used to be stored in this structure as whole cobbs; it would be shelled later to remove the individual kernels. This structure remains and is being used as a storage area.
At the pole barn we have installed a Level 2 charger, which provides about 7 kw/hr charging capacity. The charger is not Tesla-specific but can be used if you have an adapter.
Metal Grain Bins
There are four metal grain storage bins on the property. None are actively being used for storage as of two years ago. You can walk around or through a couple of the bins. Two were for storing corn and the other two for storing soybeans. The top of one of the smaller soybean bins was removed last year to serve as the roof for the new pavilion!