One of the things I love most about Rhode Island, is that even though I've lived here for practically my whole life (aside from a brief stint in Massachusetts), I continue to discover the most interesting things! One of the best parts about being a parent is that it presents a new opportunity to seek out new experiences that you wouldn't otherwise think of.
Last weekend, as we were leaving the Chowder Cook Off at Ft. Adams, we passed by one of my favorite spots on the southern Newport loop. I've always been intrigued by a swath of farmland that reminds me of Ireland.
|Actually, the arrow is just pointing to the "southern Newport loop", the SVF is closer to that green knob above the arrow (Ft. Adams).|
Each year, the SVF Foundation offers their Annual Visitors Day. We made the trip to Newport (early, so the traffic wasn't too bad), parked at Ft. Adams, and boarded a trolley provided by SVF. The trolley was Grace's favorite memory of the outing... because, 3 year olds.
When we arrived, the farm was even more picturesque than I could have imagined. I'm so glad I got to see it for myself! In addition to the amazing stone architecture, the SVF Foundation also performs the very interesting work of preserving heritage livestock.
Without further ado, I present to you: Swiss Village Farm in Newport, Rhode Island.
|The most idyllic view I've ever seen in Rhode Island!|
|Cutest slaughter house ever. Yes, you read that right.|
|Big turnout for the SVF Visitors Day!|
|Built in 1914 by a team of masons brought over from Italy|
|Ceramic roof tiles from Italy made to look like bent wood shingles|
|So many stones!|
|The Farm Lady|
|Never underestimate a kids' need to hang on a fence.|
|Definitely bringing a smaller bag next time!|
|Grace getting to experience the "new" trolley|
To learn more about the SVF Foundation, visit svffoundation.org