Step through the back doors of the welcome center and you are transported back one hundred sixty seven years to time before automobiles and tractors, before electricity and sewing machines. The 1850 Homeplace is a working farm and homestead featuring interpreters in period costume doing the tasks necessary for survival on the frontier. We enjoyed conversations with a quilter, a farmer, and a chair maker. By 1850 a family living here would be enjoying some of the benefits of the industrial revolution such as yard goods, steel plows, and factory made chairs, yet would still rely on on human and mule power to provide the food, clothing, and shelter they needed.

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