Today was European Heritage Open Day when the public is able to visit places of cultural and historic importance free of charge.
The weather was gorgeous so we packed a picnic and headed to County Armagh to see Ardress House, built in 1660 and added to in 1760 to become a more elegant farmhouse for the Irish gentry. It's set in beautiful countryside.
We were able to take a guided tour of the house but photography was not permitted. One part of the house is still lived in.
There is a wonderful farm museum in the stone outbuildings and an original cobblestone yard full of chickens.
The dairy was full of primitive crocks and churns and butter paddles that I could've taken home with me!
I really want the checkered feed sack - isn't it awesome!
Lots of poultry to welcome us into the farmyard~
Keeping a lid on things!!
Views over the surrounding countryside~
Ardress House is in the midst of County Armagh's apple orchard country. Mostly Bramley cooking apples are grown
Thanks for joining me for a glimpse into Irish farming life 200 years ago!
God bless you this weekend!