March and November | Wednesday-Sunday | 10am-5pm
Open Daily | April-October | 10am-5pm
Last tickets sold at 4pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day and December-February
Ages 13 and up $5
Ages 5-12 $3
4 and under Free
Higher rates may apply to special events.
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Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum represents a two-generation farm. When you visit the Homeplace, you will see interpreters in period clothing going about their daily chores. You’ll find the perfect blend of artifacts, restored historic structures, and traditional seasonal activities to step you back in time to relive history before the Civil War. Even our livestock includes rare and endangered breeds. We cultivate many varieties of garden plants and field crops; most from heirloom seeds dating back before the Civil War. These heirloom seeds can be purchased in our gift shop.
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.
In early February, we host a Fort Henry program and walk honoring the 1862 battle.
The Fort Henry Trails System follow routes Union soldier travelled to Fort Donelson. The National Park Service has supplied a commemorative sign about Fort Henry.
Traditional and Folk Artists
We support regional musicians and their efforts to preserve old time music with performances at special events including our annual Pickin’ Party Old-Time Music Festival.
We also support traditional crafts and trades artists during the Homeplace 1850s Trades Fair over Labor Day weekend. Additionally, we feature traditional music and crafts during several special events and through the Invited Artist Program.
Our special events range from period programs to highlighting traditional and folk artists.
February | Battle of Fort Henry Presentation
April | Sheep Shearing
April | Annual Quilt Show
May | Children’s Day—Fun, Games, Chores
June | Pickin’ Party Old Time Music Festival
July 4 | Independence Day 1850s Celebration
September | Home Educator Month
September (Labor Day Weekend) | Trades Fair
October | Snap Apple Night
November | Christmas in 1850
Travel back in time. We offer fun programs every day to help you learn about our past plus the tools, crops, and animals who helped us survive.
Join us for…
· Meet our Animals
· Inside our Buildings
· Animal Feeding Time