Homeplace 1850s

(Grand Rivers KY to Dover TN)
Another attraction at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area was a recreated homestead they called The Homeplace. Period buildings were moved from around the area to form a typical subsistence farm from the 1850s period.

Land Between the Lakes - The Homeplace

The Homeplace – Main House

Volunteers, dressed for the times, demonstrate throughout the year with chores typical for the seasons. When I was there, at the end of September, there was a spinner, a weaver, and a farmhand repairing equipment.

Land Between the Lakes - The Homeplace

Sitting Room

Land Between the Lakes - The Homeplace


Land Between the Lakes - The Homeplace

Spinner on the Porch

Farm animals were also there, with some in pens, and others just roaming around. While there, I saw mules, oxen, hogs, sheep, and chickens.

Land Between the Lakes - The Homeplace

Mules in Corral

Land Between the Lakes - The Homeplace

Chickens free to roam

Land Between the Lakes - The Homeplace

Sheep in fenced yard

Various sheds and out buildings were scattered around the property like a smoke house, tool shed, barn, corn crib, etc. There were also fruit trees and several gardens with heirloom crops.

Land Between the Lakes - The Homeplace

Ox in penned area

Land Between the Lakes - The Homeplace

Sheds and Cabin

A dry creek ran across the property, which I was told runs in the springtime. And, there was a well for other times. It was an interesting place, and different activities throughout the year would provide a new experience on each visit.

Camps: Piney CG drycamp
Scene: Farm, buildings, animals

Note: This visit occurred in September.

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3 Responses to Homeplace 1850s

  1. Martha November 11, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

    The ox is a fine looking animal. I spent summers on a farm about 40 miles from KY Lake and never saw an ox anywhere in the vicinity. I can’t remember what pulled the plow – maybe an old workhorse.

    • Pleinguy November 11, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

      I believe they were popular in the 1800s, but likely for pulling a wagon of goods to market.

  2. Jennifer Roberts March 29, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    I worked there from 2008 to 2014. We had about 6 to 7 full time employees hired by Friends of Land Between The Lakes. The Forest Service will sometimes hire an apprentice or two each year for a year. The farms back then had several buildings because they didn’t have transportation like we do today. You would have a garden cribb…store items for the garden. Field cribb for field items. The lady spinning is now the Lead Historical Interpreter there. It is always good to ask them lots of questions… that is why they are there 🙂

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