Baby lambs. Ducklings. Bunnies in a blanket. Mini-goats. Piglets. Nope, that’s not what’s for dinner, but it’s still on the menu today with a special “OMG Baby Animalz!” double-feature post. I hit Indian Ladder Farms and Hancock Shaker Village in the search for America’s Next Top Rooster and come back not only smitten, but very hungry. Baby animals, you are so delicious…
Indian Ladder Farms
First stop, Indian Ladder Farms outside of Altamont, NY, half an hour west of Albany. Click on the thumbnails below to open a larger view, or check the full-screen Flickr slideshow if you have Flash installed.
I’m a fan of ILF, I’ve proclaimed my love for the place last year in Snapshots of Fall, though make no mistake, that love is entirely made of cider donuts. They have my favorite, and I’ve that cholesterol chart to back it up. The Baby Animals Days were May 5th to 20th this year, it cost $5 per child to get into the baby animal barn — for that low-low price you get a chance
to fight with kids to hold and touch fluffy animals. I brought my 29-year old “kid” Chrissy and she did what every respectable grown-up would expect, she got peed on by a duck. She loved it. Let’s be honest, they should have given her $5 for her Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals impression anyway.
That little guy above is happy and my friend soon realized why.
“Say hello to your mother for me alright?”
Ready to go home. With me. Now.
It’s “Baby Humans Day” for this guy. Also known as: Hell.
Indian Ladder Farms is located 342 Altamont Voorheesville Rd., Altamont, NY 12009 (see directions). They have baby animals photos.
Hancock Shaker Village
Next stop, Hancock Shaker Village near Pittsfield, MA, 45 minutes south-east of Albany. Click on the thumbnails below to open a larger view, or check the full-screen Flickr slideshow if you have Flash installed.
Hancock Shaker Village is a National Historic Landmark District in Hancock, MA that was established by Shakers in 1791. It was the third of nineteen major Shaker villages established between 1783 and 1836 under the leadership of Joseph Meacham and Lucy Wright. For you guys in Europe, The Shakers are a religious order who believe in pacifism, celibacy, communal living, and gender equality (?). In the nineteenth century, Shaker worship included singing, shaking, and ecstatic (!) dance, which is why they were called the “Shaking Quakers”, or “Shakers”. The utopian sect is renowned today for its plain architecture and furniture (source: Wikipedia, liberal punctuation by me, per usual).
Divided into six family groups along north-south and east-west axes, Hancock was a typical Shaker community with communal dwellings, craft shops, a meetinghouse, and barns. Like most Shaker communities, the design for the buildings at the Hancock village were driven by function and utility. The Round Stone Barn, the most notable Hancock building, is an architectural gem and the only Shaker barn of its kind. Built in 1826, its circular design was a model of efficiency. Unfortunately, this architectural model of efficiency succumbed to fire in 1864. The wooden interior and roof were quickly rebuilt thereafter, with the whole building undergoing complete restoration in 1968. (source: nps.gov).
There is a lot to see at Hancock, some tidbits to learn at the museum too, and of course baby animals everywhere in the barn. At $17 per adult (but free for children under 12), it’s a tad expensive, though if you do the math compared to Indian Ladder Farms, it’s a sneaky incentive to crank more kids. But why pick between the two, really. It’s also a nice ride from Albany and you are not very far from Bash Bish Falls on your way back.
The round barn, above.
“The light! It burns! Nooooooooo!”
Name that tool. Above. Not me.
It does taste like chicken.