About the Farms - Living History Farms

About the Farms

Touch, See, Hear... 

Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, is an interactive, 500-acre outdoor museum that tells the amazing story of how Iowans transformed the fertile prairies of the Midwest over 300 years into the most productive farmland in the world.


Touch, play and engage at each of our three working farm sites: 1700 Ioway Indian Farm; 1850 Pioneer Farm; and 1900 Horse-Powered Farm — and at our 1875 Town of Walnut Hill, complete with a Blacksmith, General Store, Print Shop and Flynn Mansion and Barn, which are both on the National Register of Historic Places.


History comes to life as you set out on a self-guided visit. Our friendly, informative staff provide a unique learning environment of seasonal activities and demonstrations. They'll show you how Native Americans grew crops in the 1700s, how farmers used oxen to open the prairies in the 1850s, and how horses were used to revolutionize agriculture in the 1900s. Don't miss the hustle & bustle of the prospering 1875 Town of Walnut Hill.


The sounds of the Midwest fill your ears from the moment you arrive at Living History Farms. Listen for cows mooing, leaves rustling, birds chirping, children laughing and fire crackling in wood-burning ovens.

How to Visit

Living History Farms offers three "at your own pace" experiences to fit your unique schedule.

General Visit

This complete Town and Farm experience includes the 1875 Town of Walnut Hill, the Henry A. Wallace Exhibit Center, and all three farm sites, and can take anywhere between 3-4 hours to complete.

1900 Farm Visit

The 1900 Farm Visit is 2 to 3 hours and eliminates the walk from the 1700 Indian Farm to the 1850 Pioneer Farm. The tractor cart driver will drop you off at the 1900 Farm and pick you up at the Wallace Exhibit Center.

Town Only Visit

The Town Only Visit takes 2 hours or less and includes the entire 1875 Town of Walnut Hill.

Flynn Mansion

Our Farm Sites


1700 Ioway Indian Farm

The 1700 Ioway Indians tanned hides in the sun next to bark lodges, prepared food on an open fire, and made pottery using red clay and shells. Learn more >


1850 Pioneer Farm

The split rail fence, wheat field, pigs and log house at the 1850 Farm represent a 4 year old farm, established when Iowa became a state in 1846. Learn more >


1900 Horse-Powered Farm

Percheron draft horses pull a variety of machinery to plant, cultivate, and harvest the 1900 Farm's three main crops of corn, oats, and hay.  Learn more >


1875 Town of Walnut Hill

The 1875 town of Walnut Hill re-creates a bustling frontier town with craftsmen and merchants in 18 shops, businesses & homes along the community's main street. Learn more >

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