Welcome to our website. This site is dedicated to our 42 acre slice of heaven we have named 8N Acres. This is because of our obsession that has developed because of this property - the Ford 8N tractor. You see, when we bought this property we needed a tractor to help maintain it. It was this need that led us to Delilah - our 1948 Ford 8N tractor that soon became a part of the family. More on that under The Disease link. Before we knew it, our inventory of old Ford tractors quickly increased to four. We enjoy restoring these icons of farming history, and actually using them to maintain our property. You can check out pictures of all our tractors, and progress pictures we took while refurbishing them, under the links to the left. We purchased this property in 2003 and plan to retire on it someday. We spend quite a bit of time working on it to get it how we want, and to de-stress from the big city life. It has three stock ponds on it, a very old and mostly dried up one that we call Willow Pond due to being ringed with Willow trees, a slightly larger pond we call Frog Pond that we just had re-dug to 8' and enlarged, and a very large 2 acre pond that is the centerpiece of the property. Please check out our property pictures on the link to the left and see why we feel this is a slice of heaven.
After a few months of working on the property, we made an unusual discovery - there were no rocks. I mean really, no where. While many would feel this was great, we quickly discovered it was hard making fire pits, plant bed edgings, and the such without them. So, to rectify this problem (and as a good excuse to get together and celebrate our property) we hold an annual party we appropriately named "Rocktoberfest" since we purchased the property in October and the price of admission is one good sized rock per person. We invite all our friends and family out for a weekend and hold one heck of a party. I am pretty sure my neighbors think we are crazy. After a few years of holding these parties, we now have a very nice fire pit that we enjoy our campfires in.
The property was left abandoned for roughly 50 years, so it was pretty wild when we purchased it. There is a circa 1920's three room house that later was converted to a make-shift barn. It has very old wood, square nails, and sits on Bois d'Ark stumps. It has taken many years of constant mowing to beat back the overgrowth to a healthy limit. Some parts now look like a park. We have many very large and ancient Pecan trees, lots of Bois d'Ark and Cedar, and way too many Honey Locust trees that we are clearing out slowly but surely. There is 10 acres in the bottom that has been cleared for planting and has very fertile soil. We now have a small metal storage building and electricity so we can enjoy our property even during summer in our travel trailer. We have lots of wildlife and we plan to keep it that way.
So welcome - take a look around and make yourself at home. We are glad you stopped by.