Offering visitors a glimpse into the lives of a 19th-century farm family. Originally part of a Revolutionary War land grant, comprised of 16 original and restored log structures. Living history events are held throughout the year. Located in the Tennessee portion of Land Between The Lakes, a 170,000-acre peninsula nestled between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Open March - November.
The Homeplace is a working history farm. Most of our crops and livestock are historic varieties from the mid-19th century, grown and harvested using period tools and techniques.
Our farm produces corn, tobacco, sheep and hogs. If this really were the mid-19th century, we would probably market our goods in town, at the river boats, or upriver in big cities like Nashville and Memphis.
Our livestock and farm animals are "minor breeds" -- historic breeds of domestic animals that are considered endangered species, as they are no longer used in modern agriculture. Our crops and vegetables are rare "heirloom varieties." The Homeplace is one of an association of living history museums around the country that is preserving these rare plants and animals.
Step onto the breezeway of the Double Pen House, the second generation's living quarters. The log home is typical of mid-19th century farmhouses, which were built for comfort during Tennessee's hot, humid summers. During the hottest months, families relaxed in the cool summer breeze by eating meals, preserving food or sewing on the airy porch. As crisp days of fall progressed into winter's cold, the square log rooms on either side of the breezeway provided cozy warmth.