Walk into the Tool Barn where tools and farm implements are stored and also doubles as the farmer’s woodworking shop. You may see men splitting rails for fences or busy at the spring pole lathe turning a chair leg. You may even be invited to help with the task at hand. Be sure to stop by the kitchen to experience the heat from the wood burning stove and enjoy tempting smells of hardy country cooking. If you are wondering what something is don’t be shy, ask us questions.
Living between the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers and close to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers impacted farm life here in Pryor Creek. News and goods reached area farmers within a few weeks — considered “quick” for the 1850s. The rivers also provided easy access to send crops and livestock to market.
In the 1850s, rural families lived off their field crops, vegetable gardens, and livestock. Tobacco and “Indian” corn served as cash crops for families in this region. You’ll find all this in various growing stages and preparations at the Homeplace.
Many people visit the Homeplace 1850s Farm, Fort Henry, and Fort Heiman, as well as Fort Donelson National Battlefield, and other historical sites in the area to learn more about the Civil War. The Homeplace 1850s Farm is similar to farms Civil War soldiers of the area were from.
The Fort Henry Trails System follow routes Union soldier traveled to Fort Donelson. The National Park Service has supplied a commemorative sign about Fort Henry.