HOLDEN, Mass. — The Red Barn held its annual old-time farm day Saturday, and, with perfect autumn weather, Holden families enjoyed a fun-filled day on the historic Fairbanks Farm grounds, complete with scarecrows, pumpkin rolling and live music.
Held each year, the event gives residents the opportunity to share in Holden's agricultural heritage and learn about old farming tools and techniques.
The Friends of the Red Barn, a not-for-profit organization, owns and maintains the former Fairbanks barn on Shrewsbury Street in Holden, where it sponsors year-round activities promoting an understanding of New England's agricultural past and encouraging the appreciation of nature, agriculture and the interdependence of human life with the natural world.
The Red Barn was built in the mid-19th century for Winslow Fairbanks (1800-1880) on Fairbanks Farm, where he lived with his wife, Maria Knowlton Fairbanks (1809-1890), and their two children. The farm remained in the family for two generations and was considered one of the best and most productive farms in Holden
For more information about the Friends of the Red Barn, visit their website: www.redbarnholden.org