Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: Living History Farms

Posted by Emma Johnson on 4/6/17 10:00 AM

Topics: Local Focus & Events

Sometimes we need a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of modern life. When you want to escape a bit, and gain some education too, visit Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa!

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Living History Farms explores the rich history of the Midwest, specifically how the efforts of Iowa natives that lived long ago transformed the land into some of the most productive and life-giving farms in all the world. It’s a 500-acre outdoor museum which gives visitors a peek at local history spanning 300 years.

The experience is engaging and interactive, with museum interpreters encouraging guests to touch, see and hear as they explore! You’ll see demonstrations from a horse-powered farm, visit the print shop to see what it took to produce documents long ago. Look in at the blacksmith to see the care and effort that was placed into making farm tools and navigate your way through an 1875 replica town called Walnut Hill. The sounds of farm animals and rustling trees will make you feel like you’ve been transported to long ago! Go even further back in history, and walk around the Indian Village from the 1700’s!

Special events take place often at the farm, including adult education classes, day camps for kids, and even an upcoming Easter event. Visit their website for all the details, and plan your trip back in time today!

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