Gaining Hands-On Experience At Pioneer Life

Last Updated on April 29, 2021


The Pioneer Farm is a great place for kids who really want to get a hands-on experience at pioneer life. Kids are invited to learn a myriad of skills: milk a cow or goat, churn butter, wash laundry, work the forge, pet animals and so much more.

If you’re a history buff, touring the Pioneer Farm and experiencing pioneer life, you’ll love taking a look around. The Pioneer Farm Museum in Eatonville, WA is a “not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to providing living history, environmental, and cultural education opportunities through hands-on activities and experiences“. Through this initiative, the Pioneer Farm is able to connect people to the past and help prepare them for the future.

One of the things we love exploring is old schoolhouses. We just love how they were set up in the old days. We also loved seeing the set-ups of the other buildings and getting a reality-check of how many people would have lived together in such small living spaces, while in today’s first-world situation, we demand to live with so many more “necessities” that really are not even necessary. Walking through the Pioneer Village really brings you back down to earth and shows you a simpler time compared to the hustle and bustle of today’s world.

Replica Ohop Lutheran Mission Schoolhouse
Teacher’s Cabin
Teacher’s Cabin – Small Sleeping Area Up Above
Demonstration Using The Forge
Farm House


The Log Activity Cabin

The building above has several stations inside. There were a ton of children around, so we did not take any photos inside as a courtesy to other parents. It was fun seeing all the kids hard at work, enjoying their task, whether it was grinding grains, carding wool, or washing laundry. Teaching kids basic life skills is important and the skills will definitely be helpful to them down the road and create a curiosity in them to find out more about their favourite tasks they tried.

FIVE People Lived & Slept Here! The Sleeping Area Was Where The Top Window Is. So tiny!

It was interesting to visit the homestead cabins built in the 1880’s and learn all about the families who built and lived in them. Can you believe that five people lived in this tiny cabin, with the sleeping area up above?

Five People Shared These Living Quarters

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We really enjoyed our tour at The Pioneer Farm. We found it to be educational and enjoyable for the entire family. Getting to “walk into” history was a different experience than the norm. It really put the everyday lives of the pioneers in a new perspective and made them come alive.

Tours of the Pioneer Farm last an hour and a half and cost only $9/Adult and $8 for Children and Seniors.

Our visit was sponsored by the Pioneer Farm, but as always, our opinions are our own.


Have you visited an old-fashioned village you enjoyed?