Has seen better days. What is well preserved is charming, history that still stands bravely in a resplendent setting of rolling countryside.
It is probably wrong to think of the past as "simpler times". It must have been unspeakably hard to try to farm without the convenience and insurance of irrigation, modern technology, etc. But then, it must have been more pure. I often wish that I could talk to the farmers that were here before the green revolution, before we literally beat our swords into ploughshares and turned our munitions factories to the task of cranking out ag chemicals. I would love to know why they did what they did and what it meant to them. I bet they didn't expect to have fresh tomatoes and strawberries in the winter!