A Working "Living History" Farm
A visit to Howell Living History Farm brings you back to the year 1900: horses and buggies traveled the roads of Pleasant Valley, and fields were bordered by snake fences and Osage orange hedgerows. It was a pivotal time in U.S. history, and saw the beginnings of exciting new technology that would challenge the power of the workhorse and the skills of craftsmen across the nation.
Here at Howell Farm we offer people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests the chance to learn about their rural history and heritage by rolling up their sleeves for hands-on activities, meeting interpreters in historic costume, and embarking on tours through a farm that's really working year-round.
Depending on the season, you can see and help farmers as they plant and harvest crops, care for animals, build fences, and raise barns – or do the cooking and chores that keep the farm running smoothly every day. Ice harvesting, maple sugaring, sheep shearing, and threshing are just a few of the activities you will find...and if you happen by on the right day, there might even be a hayride, music, dancing, or homemade ice cream in the mix. Stop by on a Saturday if you can – that's when most of the neighbors do!
A Gift for Everyone
Howell Farm was a working farm for 240 years before its last private owner, Inez Howe Howell of Pennington, donated it to Mercer County in March of 1974. Having grown up on a farm, she wanted others to experience the magic she had always found there, and wrote this letter to the Mercer County Park Commission: