Kirby Family Farm
With a lot of determination and even more faith it has been said that one can move mountains…or in the case of the Kirby family, a locomotive engine! Step back in time where the live oaks wrap you in an old-Florida embrace, the roar of a diesel engine sings to you and…well let’s just say you’ll leave feeling like a kid again! The Kirby’s found the Ole # 19 covered in weeds. With lots of hard work, they freed her and gave her a new home on their farm in Williston, Florida. Today, #19 has 1.3 miles of track to chug along on and a loving family that is determined to live out their dream of becoming an educational farm. The Kirby Family Farm is host to many events throughout the year. Below you will find their upcoming events.
Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment
March 7-9, 2014
Visit the Kirby Family Farm on March 7th, 8th and 9th for one of the largest reenactments in the state of Florida, the Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment will feature Kirby Farm’s full size, historical locomotive, the Ole # 19. Gates will open at 10am with battles at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Prior to the battles, join the Kirby’s for a full day of fun with period music, authentic artifacts, mortar demonstrations and of course a train ride through the battlefield and camps! Our Howard Johnson of Ocala, Florida is the host hotel for the Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment. The Williston-Ocala hotel is only a short drive to the Kirby Family Farm. Join us for a delicious breakfast before making your way out to the battlefield. Book your room today! Tickets on sale February 1, 2014 and will be $9.99 per person for ages 3 and up. Children 2 and under are free.
Rock-N-Roll Easter Train
April 12, 2014
Climb abooooooaaaaaaaaaarrdd! Hop on the Kirby Family Farm Ole # 19 on Saturday, April 12th and enjoy the music, games and prizes during the annual Rock-N-Roll Easter Train event. The farm will feature spring farm babies, goodie bags for the kids and even the furry one himself will be there…the Easter Bunny! Kids 10 and under, will receive a goodie bag and their name entered into a drawing for many Grand Prizes. It will be a fun-filled, family day out at the Kirby Family Farm! Our Howard Johnson of Ocala, Florida is only a short drive to the world’s largest Easter Egg Hunt. Book your room today with us! Advance ticket purchase begins on March 5, 2014! See the Kirby Family Farm website for more information.
By Michelle Berlin