If you have been to the Eden Shale Farm you have surely noticed the old house that sat on the corner of Eden Shale Road and Hwy 22. It served as a landmark showing where to turn to come to the farm for years. This house was one of the older structures on the farm and had fallen into disrepair in recent years. The house was past the point of being inhabited and was quickly becoming an eye sore at the entrance to the farm. UK worked with us to get the house torn down before it became a danger to folks at the farm. Here is an old picture of the house when UK still operated the farm.
This is a more recent picture taken this year showing the aging condition of the house.
This house had no doubt seen a lot over the years. During demolition there were some interesting findings. In the front original part of the house the foundation was formed using hand hewn oak beams and the floor joist were hand hewn poplar beams. There was not much left of these beams as termites had pretty much destroyed them over the years. This part of the house also had original wood shingles underneath the existing roof. Along with the house, there was on old shed, a small cellar, and a cistern that were all torn down and filled in as part of the demolition.
I apologize for not having more photos of the demolition process, but it only took the crew a couple of days to get the building down.
I would have thought that they might have used bigger equipment to do the demolition, but this mini excavator and skid steer were all that they used.
This site is now clean, level and is ready for some grass seed. I hope the next time you come to ESF you don't miss your turn!
Hello, my name is Dan Miller and I work for the Kentucky Beef Network. KBN took over operation of the Eden Shale Farm in April of 2013. We are using the 961 acre farm as a demonstration and learning center for beef cattle producers. This blog serves as a place to document daily farm activity and host discussions about the demonstrations being implemented. I hope you find this information useful and that you come visit us at Eden Shale Farm.