A morning on the Homestead!

Today we enjoyed the Old Joe Homestead Tour at Riley's Farm.
Josiah, Isaiah, and Ellie and I are just about to finish the final book in the Little House on the Prairie series, so a living history event was the perfect way to end our time with the Ingall's family.

The weather was gorgeous and our adventure was even better because Dennis was able to join us!
We enjoyed the tour, the kids had a blast, and we drove home with one of their famous 5-pound homemade apple pies to share with the older boys. 

It was a wonderful day!

Animals are a crucial part of homestead life. They must be tended to and cared for often.

A family in the 1880's used an average of 100 candles each year.
There were no stores in which to buy them, so they were made by hand. A pretty simple task!

Time to check the orchards to make sure the trees are healthy and strong!

This was one of their favorite parts!
Washing clothes by hand, sweeping the cabin and making the beds, washing dishes, churning milk into butter, and organizing the Rag Bag.

Homesteaders had to grow their own food, so gardening and planting were important skills to learn.
Today the kids had to pull weeds from a plowed portion of land and then plant squash seeds.

After a hard day of work, it's time to PLAY!

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