1850's Homeplace and Working Farm

Visit the Homeplace near LBL. It's an 1850's working farm and museum representing a two-generation farm.

The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum represents a two-generation farm. When you visit the Homeplace, you will be greeted by people dressed in period clothing reenacting chores from their daily routine.

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  • Hours of Operation:
  • March and November | Wednesday-Sunday | 10am-5pm
  • Open Daily | April-October | 10am-5pm
  • Last tickets sold at 4pm
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day and December-February
  • General Admission:
  • Ages 13 and up: $5
  • Ages 5-12: $3
  • Ages 4 and under: Free
  • Higher rates may apply to special events.

You'll get to experience a variety of artifacts, historic structures that have been restored, rare and endangered breeds livestock, many garden plants, field crops and traditional activities throughout the changing seasons, prior to the Civil War period.

On the grounds, you will find a Tool Barn where tools and farm implements are stored, men splitting rails for fences and our kitchen where you can feel heat from the wood burning stove where you might even be tempted from the smells of hardy country cooking.

Homesteads being between the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers and close to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers allowed farmers access news and goods within a few weeks. The rivers provided easier access to send crops and livestock to markets.

In the 1850's era, rural families planted and lived off their field crops and vegetable gardens. Indian corn and tobacco were planted and used as cash crops for families in this region.