Guest Blog: Checking out Eidem Homestead

If you are looking for a fun, unique activity to do with your family  or group, I suggest you check out Brooklyn Park’s very own historical farm. The homestead is a fifteen-acre living record of farm life in Minnesota during the years of 1890 to 1910. Homesteaded over a century ago, the farm was owned by the Eidem family for 82 years.  The Historical Farm recreates the physical surroundings in which the family lived their daily lives.

Storty Time at Eidem Homestead | Minneapolis NorthwestIf you are looking for a fun, unique activity to do with your family  or group, I suggest you check out Brooklyn Park’s very own historical farm.

The homestead is a fifteen-acre living record of farm life in Minnesota during the years of 1890 to 1910. Homesteaded over a century ago, the farm was owned by the Eidem family for 82 years.  The Historical Farm recreates the physical surroundings in which the family lived their daily lives.

Interpreters at the Eidem Homestead carry out the tasks of farming and related household activities using the tools and techniques from the turn of the 20th century.  You can experience the sights, smells and sounds that were part of the daily lives of many Americans during this period in our nation's history.

The Historical Farm consists of a number of buildings. The farmhouse, barn, outhouse, outbuildings, chicken coop and windmill, period farm equipment and crop land are all part of the site.  The barn and barnyard harbor livestock such as cows, sheep, goats, and chickens.   The purpose of this restored farmstead is to preserve and portray 19th century farm life through guided tours, displays, pioneer craft demonstrations and hands-on activities. The Brooklyn Park Recreation and Parks Department also offers art classes, special events and concerts at the farm.

School groups, summer camps and families enjoy activities such as pumping water from the well, making lemonade, washing clothes and feeding the farm animals.

Eidem Homestead Clothes Washing | Minneapolis Northwest

“This is an exciting time at the Eidem Homestead.  We’re in the process of re-evaluating our master plan, actively seeking to expand our programs and rental appeal, and really get people engaged in the farm using new and innovated means.  Our visitors love coming to the farm and often ask for more.  We don’t want to lose those aspects that our visitors love and have given us our identity, but we also want to move forward to better accommodate rentals and give our visitors more; the things we’re working on now will help us do that,” said Farm Coordinator, Eve Burlingame.


About the Author
Gina Norris is a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Brooklyn Park and has worked in some capacity in the City for 13 years. She grew up in the area and currently lives in Rogers with her 1 year old daughter, Elsie and husband, Charlie.

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