A treasure of an antique found at the Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, an old sorghum press on the porch of one of their oldest cabin buildings. The Folk School is a teaching school of all Appalachian arts and crafts, located in the south western tip of North Carolina. The Columbus Improved sorghum press #12, built by Southern Plow, a subsidiary of Columbus Iron Works in Columbus, Georgia. The original price at the turn of the century was $65 and could produce 60 gallons of juice an hour.
This image was captured on a crisp autumn morning during the Fall Festival, held every year on the first weekend of October on the grounds of the Folk School. Look for us next fall in one of the many arts and crafts booths!
After 30 years in the floral and plant nursery business, Debra and Dave Vanderlaan sold both businesses and turned their life-long photography hobby into full-time obsession. The Vanderlaans are both award-winning photographers and well-known both domestically and internationally.
Many of their images showcase the tropical landscapes of South Florida and the mountain vistas of the Smoky Mountains and many gorgeous scenes around the world. Their motto is Celebrate Life and that seemed a natural name for their gallery. Their images have been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Turchin Art Center in Boone NC, Palm Beach Photography Museum and many other museums and galleries around the country. Some of their...
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