Plowing with Mules at Pineola Farm
Plowing With Mules at Pineola Farm

The banner at top of this page shows Jim plowing behind a team of mules. The owner of the mules held the reins while Jim guided the plow. The above picture shows Jim admiring his reasonably straight row.

Controlling the plow takes some getting use to. It is similar to operating a floor polisher or riding a bicycle--you just have to do it to figure it out. For example, to make the plow go deeper, you raise the handles; this causes the plow point angle to point more downward. The plow can be moved left or right by rotating the handles to one side or the other. The plow goes in the direction in which the plowman points the plow point.

Pineola Farm is located near Fort Valley in Peach County, Georgia. We attended the Fall Festival during October 2006. We saw antique tractors, early gas hit-and-miss engines, corn shelling, mule plowing, a chicken house, hay rides and a large selection of pumpkins and gifts at the Buggy House Gift Shop.

Ford 8N Tractor with Dual Rear Wheels
Ford 8N Tractor With Duals

This restored 8N Ford tractor is very unusual in that it has dual rear wheels. Its owner told us he installed the duals just for looks. The engine didn't appear to be beefy enough to need the traction. When Jim grew up on a farm in West Virginia, he farmed with an 8N Ford tractor and would love to have one now.

John Deere With Courting Seat
John Deere With Courting Seat

Check the wide seat on this John Deere. We were told at Pineola Farm that this gentleman and his new bride drove off from their wedding ceremony on this tractor.

Restored Farmall H
Farmall H on Parade at Pineola Farm

This beautifully restored Farmall H tractor's driver sports a John Deere green hat and a Minneapolis-Moline yellow T-shirt. Several tractors which can be seen behind the H paraded around the pecan orchard.

Pecan Harvester
Pecan Harvester

The apparatus seen above is used for harvesting pecans. The front unit vacuums up the fallen nuts and deposits them in the hopper.


Starting a Hit-and-Miss Engine

The owner was having trouble starting this engine. Jim offered his services to turn the flywheel while the owner made carburetor adjustments. The two were eventually able to get it running. The engine was connected to a corn sheller which was used to remove corn kernels from cobs.