Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Road
| +1 515-278-5286
Sun 12pm - 4pm
Eat like a 1900 farmerLiving History Farms is an open-air museum sort of like Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg, except the focus here is on farming. There is an Ioway Indian village, an 1850 Pioneer farm, a 1900 farm with a big red barn, a chicken coop and so on. (It's like walking into "Charlotte's Web.")
But the cool part: During the off season, people can sign up for authentic dinners, cooked and served by costumed staffers right on site. A guy in overalls picks you up from the parking lot in a horse-drawn wagon and takes you to the farmhouse, where a woman has been cooking your feast all day on a wood-burning stove.
Take a look at that table in the 1900 farmhouse dining room: pork chops with apples, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon, HOMEMADE ROLLS, apple butter, pickles, and cherry pie. This is a meal a hungry farm family would have eaten -- before anybody worried about cholesterol.