Mules’ Work

On one of the several farms that make up George Washington’s estate, there was this octagon-shaped barn.

Inside, Washington had created a timesaving way to thrash grain.


The floorboards around the outside wall of the upstairs have spaces between them.  That was so that grain could be thrown down on those boards and then mules walked around and around on it so that the grain would fall between the boards into the bottom of the barn and the straw would stay on the floor. (I assume that when this was done, there wasn’t a bench setting in the way of the mules, as this one seems to be positioned.)

What an interesting man President Washington must have been.  Anyone with such a creative mind must have been a wonderful conversationalist.

5 Responses to Mules’ Work

  1. Linda says:

    And a good conversationalist like yourself would have enjoyed visiting with him, I’m sure. 😉

    That IS pretty fascinating about the mules and the boards and all. It’s hard for me to picture how it all worked, but you have to admire the mind that came up with it.

  2. Washington and Jefferson seemed to be way ahead of their time in their inventiveness (is that a word?!). I would love to visit Mt. Vernon and Monticello!

  3. Sandra says:

    I agree, Linda. I DO admire his inventiveness.

    V — I agree with you too. I didn’t get to see Monticello, but I hope to go back and see some of the things, like it, that I missed.

  4. Hilary says:

    An intersting mind, yes. Very dull work for the mules, though. Hopefully they were easily amu(l)sed.

  5. Sandra says:

    Hilary — It is always fun to see how you can make a clever/funny comment on even the most mundane posts. Thank you, friend. 🙂

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