Mansfield Area Historical Society is conducting an Open House on Saturday, Sept. 13. The building will be open at 10 a.m. until noon for you to visit and view collections and artifacts as well as display boards of our local history.
The highlight of day will be focused on the Telaak Farm located on Hinman Hollow in the town of Mansfield. The Eddy family was abundant in numbers during the early settlement of this township. Therefore, it may be of no surprise that the Telaak Farm can be traced back to Eddy ownership in the 1800s. Several farms throughout Cattaraugus County have been honored as “century farms,” meaning their history can be traced back over 100 years owned by the same family from one generation to another.
What the Mansfield Area Historical Society found unique in tracing the history of the Telaak Farm is that it appears this farm has been in continuous operation as a working farm for more than 100 years. In many of the early years, the farm was under the management of members of the Eddy family, and when sold, farming continued with Fred Telaak. The Telaak family has continued the fine tradition of farming the land in the rich valley lands in the town of Mansfield.
Join us at the museum as an Eddy descendant, Town of Great Valley Historian Marilyn Eddy Siperek discloses some of the past of this farm with the research she is excited to share with all of you. We will enjoy a look into past farming life through brief passages from the 1887 journal of Flora Eddy. The brief snippets of rural life during that era leave us wanting to know more. The museum will have an additional item or two of the “old farm” implements on display for this event.
The visit at the museum at 7691 Toad Hollow will conclude by 11:30 a.m. You will be invited to enjoy a sample of some of the local yogurt made on an Amish Farm and sold under the label of Otto Farms.
By 12:30 p.m., the group is expected on the premises of the Telaak Farm for a tour hosted by Don Telaak. Milking begins about that time and you will be able to watch as that chore begins while Don tells of the present day use of the old farm.