Have you ever wondered what life was like on the farm for previous generations? Can you imagine stripping away all of today’s modern conveniences and returning to Indiana agriculture in the 1920s?
If you visit the historic farm at Prophetstown State Park near Battle Ground, Ind., you don’t have to imagine. People dress like farm families dressed 100 years ago, and raise gardens, hay and livestock much like your grandparents or great-grandparents did in the 1920s.
There’s a typical 1920s farmhouse to visit, and even a tenant house nearby. The tenant house is dedicated to Nola Gentry, a local farmer and community leader who envisioned moving the house to the site, but who died before the house was opened to the public. Her grandfather lived in the house on its original site.
There are real gardens. In fact, you can buy produce raised there if you like. You can also buy eggs laid by hens roaming the barnyard and occupying the chicken house. Meats raised on the farm are available for sale, as well.
Visitors can watch pigs being fed. The pigs are raised in dirt lots, since this farm represents an era decades before confinement buildings arrived. There are cattle and draft horses, and stanchions in the historic wooden barn for dairy cows. There’s even an authentic concrete block milk house with an area for cans of milk to be placed to keep cool. There’s just no milk because there are no dairy cows on the farm today.
Want to see more? Take a virtual tour by delving into the accompanying slideshow. Or plan your own visit to one of Indiana’s newer state parks and walk back in time.