Living History Farms

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by tetre

I realize this is a non-profit organization and an expensive venture to run. But, they need to lower the price of entrance. It is prohibitive for large families.

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by Shane

The quality and authenticity of the farm and town recreations is interesting. Even more amazing is the motivation of the inhabitants (employees) to educate us on our past. Even in 90 degree weather you find everyone in time era hot clothing going about "life".

If you have never been, give it a try. A trip to Living History Farms is $10/adult and $6/child (I think). Be prepared to do a lot of walking and it will take a minimum of 3 hours to glance at everything, 4-5 hours to take a break for a snack and visit everything. It is interesting even for little children since there are lots of activities to help the inhabitants with. For the children that can't walk, backpack them or use some sort of pusher/wagon that is OK offroad. Also, I could imagine getting pretty muddy after a rain.

I found myself thinking back to it several days later still in awe that someone has had the motivation to create this place and keep it running so well.

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If you're a coffee lover, you may find the very old (huge) coffee grinder interesting. Check it out in the General Store. Very cool!

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