Why read about history in books, when you can experience it first hand!
The Slate Run Historical Farm is a living history museum that has turned back the clock all the way back to the 1880s! The whole family can experience what life was like first hand, on a real Ohio farm.
How do you think it will be compared to your lives today? Do you think it would have been a hard life, or a fun life?
Spend some time strolling around the gardens. Take in the atmosphere as the costumed characters are going around their daily business. Watch the canning fruit in the kitchen, or ploughing the fields with horses.
You can explore the barns, and the farmhouse. There are even fun animals to encounter! Percheron horses roam the fields, and pigs, geese and turkeys and making the farm lively!
The Slate Run Historical Farm also specializes in heirloom breeds, so it's a fun way for kids to learn all about animals and they roles on a working farm.
It's not just farm fun at Slate Run - there is also playground equipment for kids to play on, where they can crawl, play and climb! The farm is also set on some pretty lovely land, so there is a natural play area in store for you too!
Make sure you check the activities across the year, because they change seasonally and they are always popular with the whole family! Anyone can have a go at sheep shearing, and even making maple syrup!
If you all have some more energy to use up, there are 9 way-marked nature trails which are located in the immediate area, and three of these are under a mile, so they are perfect for those little legs!
Historical AND animal fun at the Slate Run Historical Farm in Ohio!
From I-270, take U.S. 33 east toward Lancaster to the Canal Winchester/S.R. 674 exit. Turn right onto Gender Rd./S.R. 674 and go about two miles until it dead-ends into Lithopolis Road. Turn left and go about 1/2 mile to S.R. 674. Turn right and go about four miles to the entrance on the right. Once inside the park, go past the ranger station and take the first road left and follow the signs to the farm.Get directions
Their mission is to create and authentic historical experience so they can tell the stories of those from the past for years to come!
There are picnic sites available so why not bring your own food and enjoy a relaxing family lunch!
Don't forget your camera!
If you book two weeks in advance, school groups are more than welcome! They are available mid-March to June, then mid-August to mid-December!
It never hurts to take a bottle of water for everyone!
Some trails are push and wheel chair friendly in good weather.
Usually it's fine to pet the animals, but just check before you try. If the animals come up to the fence within reaching distance, they are normally good to be petted and enjoy it.