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Farm Sites

Walking trails and tractor-drawn carts connect the 1875 Town of Walnut Hill to each of the historical sites. Each site is authentically farmed or worked by interpreters in historical clothing.

1700 Ioway Farm

1700IowayFarmAt the 1700 Ioway Indian Farm blue corn, Omaha melons and Black Turtle beans are grown in the gardens behind the tcakiduthans, or bark lodges. Also near the lodges, deer hides will be tanned in the sun, food will be prepared on an open fire, and pottery will be made using red clay and shells.

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1850 Pioneer Farm

1850PioneerFarmOn a mid-summer visit to the 1850 Pioneer Farm, the men might be in the fields cultivating red corn and potatoes, or harvesting wheat, the three main crops on the Iowa frontier. Inside the log cabin, the women work on domestic projects and prepare the midday meal. The meal, usually consisting of meat, bread and potatoes, is served at noon and called dinner.

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1900 Horse-Powered Farm

1900FarmIn fields at the 1900 Horse-Powered Farm, Percheron draft horses pull a variety of machinery to plant, cultivate, and harvest the farm's three main crops of corn, oats, and hay. There are also vegetable gardens to be tended and household chores to be done. Inside the farmhouse the garden's produce is used in the preparation for dinner, the large mid-day meal, and is preserved using a variety of methods, including hot water bath canning. 

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1875 Town of Walnut Hill

1875TownThe 1875 town of Walnut Hill re-creates a bustling frontier community with craftsmen and merchants in 18 shops, businesses and homes along the town's main street. The artisans include a cabinetmaker, a blacksmith and a broommaker. The merchants include a newspaper publisher, an agricultural implement dealer, a druggist, a milliner and a general store owner. The professionals in town are a doctor, a lawyer, a veterinarian and a banker. There is also a upperclass Victorian home, a middle-class family home, a rural church and a country cemetery. 

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