19th State

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Step into pioneer Indiana and learn why and how settlers journeyed to Hoosier land, and what they did once they arrived: build shelters, clear their land and farm, and practice early professions. 19th State transports you to a world of oxen, farm tools and log cabins.

Get to packin’ | Practice packing your 19th century Conestoga wagon to make sure you have enough food and supplies to make the trek west to Indiana.

Split it up | Try your hand at splitting logs to learn about the value of fuel and how much work it took to get enough wood for heating and cooking.

Cabin exploration | Stand inside a log cabin similar to those that many pioneers, including Abe Lincoln’s father, would have built.   These cabins were small, dark and crowded—the Lincolns once had 13 people living in theirs! In decent weather, people spent as much time outside as possible.

Time for chores! | Take a stab at a makeshift butter churn to understand how to apply labor efficiently to preserve food, and practice teamwork skills to see if you can sync up the crosscut saw to cut a log.

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