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Friday, October 14

Step Back in Time at Harn Homestead

Located near the Capitol Building in Oklahoma City, Harn Homestead is a breath of fresh air and a step back in time to early Oklahoman history.  We've taken history field trips here a couple of times, but our most recent visit was on a crisp autumn day!
The boys began our visit with a trip to the barn, where we collected eggs, milked the cows, checked the gardens, and prepared equipment for the day.
Just like at home, after morning chores were completed, we went into the small house for morning reading time and inside chores.  Today, we are repairing an old treadle sewing machine.
I love how hands-on this property is!  One of the boys found an old rug beater, but couldn't figure out what it was.  His solution??  A heinie swatter!  Who knows?  It just might have pulled double duty a century ago!
The 'big' house was actually a home kit from a catalog in the early 20th century.  It is beautifully made and has many wonderfully-preserved architectural designs, day to day artifacts, and stories kept inside.  You can only see inside this house if you take a tour (which is free with admission).
Behind the big house are the well, root cellar, and barn....all very important aspects of life a century ago.  While these are not all hands-on, they are beautifully preserved and offer a glimpse of living history.
Inside the barn, you can see where the hay was stored for livestock, how the barn was designed, and the windmill that was used to provide water for the livestock.  The tour guides are quite knowledgeable and love to answer all of your questions!  They have a lot of good anecdotes about the property and family that you won't find on any museum sign.  Also in the barn is this neat old car.
The view of the property from the upper loft in the barn is fantastic!  Couple that with a beautiful autumn day, and you've got a serene moment...
There are some other buildings on the property as well, including two homes and the schoolhouse.  While these are not original to the property, they are original to the Oklahoma City area and offer glimpses into different aspects of life at the turn of the century.  These are buildings that were slated for demolition, but were relocated to the Harn property museum instead.
Before you leave the museum, be sure to stop by the gift shop, where you'll find very reasonably-priced mementos...including 25c peppermint sticks!  

Just the Facts

Special Events at the Harn Homestead

  • Land Run Days 
    • See more about the Land Run Days, and pick up a free unit study, here.
  • Haunt the Harn - October 27, 2016
    • Enjoy Haunt the Harn, a family-friendly event for children of all ages. Kids are invited to trick-or-treat at each of the historic buildings on this site and participate in games and crafts, including face-painting, a cupcake walk and pumpkin bowling. Also enjoy sweets, a hayride around the ten-acre property and the roasting of marshmallows around a campfire.  Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate.
  • A Territorial Christmas - December 1, 2016
    • Experience the wonder of a truly old-fashioned Christmas at the Territorial Christmas Celebration at the Harn Homestead Museum in Oklahoma City. Bring the family out for a tour of the Harn Homestead, which will be fully decorated in traditional 1880s Christmas decorations. Enjoy a visit from Santa Claus, take a picture with him and enjoy complimentary treats. There will also be cookie decorating, ornament making and hayrides of the property. Visit the Harn Homestead and make new family memories at this annual holiday celebration.  This year, they plan to have more craft vendors than past years!  Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate.

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