TROY - For children, the book "Farmer Boy" by Laura Ingalls Wilder offers a glimpse into the way that kids once worked around the farm.

Now, the Bradford County Heritage Association (BCHA) is taking things one step further with a new event called "Farm Days 1866," which is being held May 16-17 at the Farm Museum and Heritage Village at Alparon Park in Troy. It's inspired by the book.

The program is for all fourth grade students in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga County school districts.

The day's events are based on the "Farmer Boy" book and are about a year in the life of a 9-year-old boy, according to a news release.

Joie Brasington, vice president of the organization, said the planned activities will show many of the tasks of daily farm life from that time period.

"I think it's going to educate them about the heritage of farm life as it used to be in Bradford County," she said. "Making sure kids understand where they came from, what they're about - I think that's important."

Arrangements for the children's attendance at the event are being made through the schools.

At the event, kids will be able to go from station to station.

Debbie Lutz of Troy Township and her sister, Barb Barrett, are spearheading the program.

They're currently planning the event, and are "still in the throes of developing it," according to Brasington.

She expects that kids will be able to learn about things like making ice, taking care of farm animals, making maple syrup, and performing household domestic tasks.

Brasington said there will be a lot of "hands-on" activities.

The BCHA invites all individuals and organizations interested in volunteering at "Farm Days 1866" to a "informational session" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the farm museum.

A lunch will be provided and training will take place.

According to a news release, volunteers are needed to supervise various displays and demonstrations. Those interested are asked to please contact Debbie Lutz, via email at

Bradford County Heritage Association is a member agency of the United Way of Bradford County.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: