CURRENT HOURS: Open for classes & special events only • Touring season resumes in May 2022

Historic Dinners Program Policies

Program Details

  • Due to space, dinners at the 1900 Farm are offered for 10 guests at each seating, dinners at the Flynn Mansion are offered for 12 guests at each seating, and Flynn Teas are offered for tables of 4-5 people, with a maximum of 18 guests per program. Smaller parties are welcome to purchase tickets for all of these programs as well, and will be seated at the same table as other guests.
  • If any of the guests in your party are feeling unwell, please call ahead (515)278-5286 ext 167 or email and we will work with you to reschedule your program.
  • If guests are unable to attend the program for this reason, they will be able to reschedule the dinner program to another date or make a donation in the amount of the program tickets to Living History Farms.
  • For ambiance, evening dinner programs are lit by oil lamps only and are dim compared to modern lighting.
  • Most guests find that their eyes adjust during the course of the program, but those guests uncomfortable in lower light conditions and those with vision concerns are encouraged to choose an afternoon dinner in the daylight rather than an evening program.
  • Since this unique and immersive experience is different from a simple restaurant reservation, we are unable to provide a refund for cancellations made less than 14 days prior your program date.
  • Living History Farms does not accept gratuities for our programs.
  • Plan to arrive at your dinner program approximately 15 minutes ahead of the program start time. 1900 Farm dinner programs meet at the Conference Center, located at 12234 Douglas Pkwy, Urbandale, IA, 50323 (map) and all other programs this season will meet at the Visitor Center, located at 11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322 (map).
  • Some programs include wagon rides. These are weather-dependent; in inclement weather guests will follow a staff car and drive to their dinner location.
  • Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, and layers for time spent outside riding in a horse-drawn wagon or walking to the dinner program location.


Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelling or rescheduling your program is not permitted less than 14 days prior to your program date.
  • Cancellations occurring at least 14 days prior to your program will be refunded the purchase price less a 50% administration fee.
  • Refunds are only issued to the purchaser.
  • Rescheduling to a different date or time is permitted, less a $50 change fee, if the request is made 14 days or more before the original program date.
  • Cancellations by Living History Farms will be either rescheduled or refunded in full.
  • If a dinner program runs as scheduled, no refund will be given for your absence.


Alcohol Policy

  • Living History Farms does not offer alcohol for purchase.
  • Guests are invited to bring wine to the program which would be served during the meal for dinner programs. Alcohol is not permitted at our historic tea programs.
  • One standard sized (750ml) bottle of wine per two guests is permitted for dinner programs.
  • No beer or liquor, please.


Note about the menu

  • Our meals are prepared in the style of the historic period and we are unable to accommodate changes to the menu.
  • However, on rare occasions, menu items may need to be substituted based on availability.
  • If this occurs, Living History Farms will offer alternative menu items in the same category, for example a vegetarian dish would be replaced by another vegetarian dish, or a gluten-free dish by an alternative gluten-free dish.
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