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Homestead Farm and Log Schoolhouse

Slow your pace at Chippewa Nature Center’s Homestead Farm and Log Schoolhouse as you explore rural life in the 1870s. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, buildings are open free of charge from 1:30-5:00pm every Sunday afternoon with staff and volunteers on hand to answer your questions, give tours of the farm and lead a variety of hands-on activities.

Reconstructed buildings at the farm include a log cabin, log barn, root cellar, tool shed, chicken coop, wagon barn and outhouse. Kids love pumping water at the well, exploring the vegetable and herb gardens and visiting the cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens.

Right down the path from Chippewa Nature Center’s (CNC) Homestead cabin and farm, visitors can step back in time at the one-room schoolhouse and learn about a country school in 1870. Kids of all ages will enjoy simple lessons, writing on slate boards and recess in the schoolyard. Whether polishing up on the “4 Rs” (reading, writing, arithmetic and recitation), walking on stilts or playing graces, school has never been so much fun!

Over the past three decades, the log schoolhouse and Homestead Farm have been enjoyed by thousands of school children and families for a wide variety of historical programs.

Homestead Gallery

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