“a National Historic Landmark”
Nestled in the center of Iowa State University, the Farm House Museum sits as a monument to early Iowa State history and culture. As the first building on campus as well as a National Historic Landmark, the Farm House was built in 1860 before campus was occupied by students or classrooms. The prairie landscape was bleak and desolate at the time, and those first farm tenants primed the land for agricultural experimentation. This early practice led to Iowa State Agricultural College and Model Farm opening its doors to Iowa students for free in 1869 under the provisions of the Morrill Act (or Land-grant Act) of 1862.
First you should understand that this is the original building that became what is now Iowa State University. It originally housed the faculty and some students who Iived on the model farm from which future farmers would be instructed and practice their trade. It is larger and better furnished than a typical family home of the era.
The house and its furnishings are well maintained and typical of the time period. In addition to the contents of a typical house, it also contains amenities you might find in a well established business or home of affluence.
When I visited admission was free, though donations are accepted. The curator for my visit was very attentive, knowledgable and helpful.
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