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Living History Farms

Enjoy this historical site preserved in suburban Urbandale that tells the story of Midwestern agriculture and rural life on a 500-acre venue. More like an open-air museum visitors just love the interpreters dressed in period costume and who relive the daily routines of early Iowans. Open daily from May through October, the Living History Farms include a 1700 Iowa Indian village, 1850 pioneer farm, 1875 frontier town, 1900 horse-powered farm, and a modern crop center. Living History Farms re-creates and represents the historical years by means of "living history" interpretation. To accomplish this, LHF constructs authentic simulations of typical historical farm sites and a small town from time periods that illustrate major changes in agricultural technology, procedures and rural life.