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34 selecttraveler.com M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 7 LIVING HISTORY FARMS U R B A N D A L E , I O WA e Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, showcases the evolu- tion of American agriculture. Guides demonstrate how Native Ameri- cans grew crops in the 1700s. ey also model how farmers used oxen to open the prairies in the 1850s and how horses revolutionized agriculture in the 1900s. One of the three working farms is the 1700 Ioway Indian Farm, where Indians tanned hides in the sun next to bark lodges and cooked on an open fire. e 1850 Pioneer Farm represents a 4-year-old farm that was established when Iowa became a state in 1846. And on the 1900 Horse-Powered Farm, draft horses pull machinery to plant, cultivate and harvest the property's three main crops. e 1875 Town of Walnut Hill re-creates a bustling frontier town, with craftsmen and merchants along the community's main street. e Victorian Domestic Spaces tour takes groups inside the Italianate 1870 Flynn Mansion and the Gothic-style Tangen Home. At the Flynn Man- sion, groups can enjoy Victorian teas, and in winter and spring, the staff offers cooking classes, with instruction on topics such as wood-stove cooking and Norwegian baked goods. "e town of 1875 is the most robust for groups to see, and they host historic dinners in two venues," said Jessica O'Riley, tourism commu- nications manager at the Iowa Tourism Office. "From October through March, horse-drawn wagon rides take guests to the 1900 farm, where they're served foods from the period followed by Victorian games in the parlor." W W W . L H F . O R G Courtesy Living History Farms Courtesy Living History Farms Courtesy Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Courtesy Living History Farms Farm at Prophetstown Schoolhouse demonstration 1850 Pioneer Farm A student tour at Living History Farms

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