The drive to Carriage Hill Farm is not far from Dayton, OH. It’s north of the city about 10 miles and just off I-70 in Huber Heights. Rounding the first bend the first sight you see is the cornfield with a bright red barn in the background. It really sets the tone. Now in Autumn the cornfield is just a stubble and the corn is standing in shocks in a line.
This working farm is a favorite place for the locals to visit in all seasons. The farm is open every day and you are free to wander at will over fields, through the woods and over the bridge that spans a creek. Nature is at it’s best in Autumn, I believe. Even on an overcast day there is a beauty and peacefulness that envelopes you.
Crossing the cornfield, you will find a large red barn that visitors rarely see. They tend to stay on the beaten paths that are created to view the best parts of the farm. This large barn is where the older tools are kept and items no longer used because of the season or because they are worn out. There were plows and a wagon. Old picket fence sections and even a skeleton of a jaw of an animal was set on the window sill.
Waling around to the backside of the farm I saw an old brick building way deep in the underbrush. It was too thick to go into today, but investigating to see what the building might have been would be interesting. I speculated it might have been the original ovens to smoke meat or perhaps a blacksmith toiled there many years ago.
Down the road and past the Visitors Center you will find the main part of the Historical Farm.
Carriage Hill Farm is farmed the way it was back in 1880. Every day work is done on the farm by volunteers. The original house is kept, quilting is done, food is cooked on the weekends when more visitors are likely to be there. The fields are plowed in the spring, sown and cared for all summer. Everything is harvested in the autumn and all this is done with an audience of those who happen to visit the farm that day. Horses are kept, chickens, sheep, a turkey or two and pigs and cows. The animals are kept around and in the main barn near the house.
Laundry is done out on the back porch on Mondays occasionally, and ironed perhaps on Tuesdays. What ever day you visit you will find volunteers working just as the original owners did, The Arnold Family, back in 1880.
There is a small country store where penny candy is sold to the delight of the children. It is one of the most popular features of the farm. The store is on the bottom level of the museum and welcome center. The store rear doors open to a picnic patio area where visitors can eat the picnic lunches they brought. Occasionally hot dogs and hamburgers and beverages are sold.
The farm has a well stocked lake for fishing and no license is needed! But bring your own pole and tackle. A boardwalk through the swampy areas to get to it reveal hoppy frogs and dragonfly’s. It’s railed so you can lean over and watch skate bugs and minnows. Farther down the road you will find riding stables. Horseback riding is available on Saturday and Sunday from 9-5 for people over the age of 6. June through November pony rides are available for those 6 and under.
Carriage Hill Farm is open year round. It is located at 7800 E. Shull Road, Huber Heights, OH 45424
The hours for the historical farm are:
Mon – Sat 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 12 am to 5 pm
Closed Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Years
The park hours are
April 1 to Oct 31 8 am to 10 pm
Nov 1 to Mar 31 8 am to 8 pm
Closed Christmas and New Years