The Ohio Pioneer Experience

Live the history of Ohio during the 1800s! 

Hands-on activities throughout the day will give the students a sense of farm life for Ohio pioneers as they work with our staff at multiple stations. Students will use authentic 19th-century tools, including corn shellers, wheat grinders, and washtubs. They will also discover Ohio’s Native American influence through the story of “The Three Sisters”, grinding corn, and hiking through the woods to find Indian symbols. As a special treat, students will make their own butter!

As with all staff-led field trips, we will visit with our calm, friendly livestock as we discuss their importance to the survival of the pioneers and their importance in our lives today. We will also taste, touch, and smell the vegetables in our gardens as we again compare the gardens of the 1800s with gardens today.

Cost: $8 per student and for chaperones. Teacher admission is always complimentary!

Questions can be emailed to our Director of Farm Operations, at [email protected]

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Visitors can expect to:

Visit with our sheep, pigs, ponies, goats, cows, ducks, chickens and more

Encounter the Century House – an 1800’s era farmhouse

Hike through our woods and fields and visit the tire swing and observation deck

See what's growing in our garden – sample the vegetables and herbs

Play on the tractors in our outdoor play area

Bring their lunch or snack to enjoy in our covered picnic shelter