The Grain and Hay
In its beginning, the Greenfield Grain and Hay was a very busy place supporting the agricultural and home needs of the Greenfield area. One could find paint, nails, fencing, stoves, and numerous items for sale. It served the community from 1910. In 1985 it became Highland Lumber and was purchased by the Greenfield Historical Society in 2003. Today, as then, the G&H serves as venue for numerous functions. It houses and displays many antique items and is the archive for each graduating class' yearbook and other memorabilia. It also serves as a meeting area and host to numerous dinners throughout the year.
Backstory and Context
Although no longer a source for agricultural items for the community, the Grain and Hay still serves a valuable function for Greenfield. Owned and operated by the Greenfield Historical Society, during the months of January-March, the historical society serves "country dinners" the first Sunday of each month.
History Day is also a popular event held at the complex each fall. Folks demonstrate various crafts including chair caning, painting, and carving. Many people have a "flea market" offering books, antiques, and other goodies for sale. Food service is also available.
The historical society also has many items displayed at the complex. The Grain and Hay complex is currently used to display a Conestoga wagon, the Greenfield 1939 Ahrens Fox fire truck, agricultural equipment, vehicles from the Patterson Buggy enterprise, and sleigh. It also houses a newspaper/school research area, agricultural items and a meeting room. The adjoining "barnyard" is the site of summer events as well.