1860s Living History Farm

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Log cabin on the 1860s farmThe 1860s farm represents a pioneer homestead during Littleton's settlement period - a time before train travel. The buildings on the site include a circa 1860 cabin, moved onto the grounds from its original location; a reconstructed log barn erected in 1983 to represent a typical log barn similar to those built along the South Platte River Valley; a sheep pen, originally an early settler's cabin, also relocated to the museum; a root cellar; and other auxiliary farm buildings. Littleton's original schoolhouse (circa 1865) is located on this farm.

 

Sheep in field

For our animal-loving visitors we have plenty of livestock out on the farms. From our two oxen, Fritz and Ford, to our pigs and turkeys, we have a wide array of animals that would have been useful to farmers in 19th century Colorado. Our sheep’s wool is shorn in the spring and the oxen are occasionally brought out to pull wagons or a plow. Each animal has been selected because we have found evidence of their breed in 19th century records from this area. Visitors can experience the authentic sights, sounds, and smells that characterized Littleton’s past. 

We are fortunate to have our animals all year round. Our animals are happy and well cared for whether they are in hot or cold weather. 

2021-10 Mule told a joke

Our livestock (including Julie the Mule, Ernest the Donkey, Fitzgerald & Ford the Oxen, Jed & Ferdinand the Rams, Bud the Bull, June the Cow, Blanche the Pig, and the sheep flock) receive straw beds to bundle down in. We give them extra hay to help with the extra calories for their bodies to produce the needed body heat, and we supply them with water heaters in each trough to keep their water from freezing.

Our poultry (chickens and turkeys) are still given as much food as they can eat and are under heat lamps in their coops when they are put away for the evenings. We have a heated base that their water sits on to prevent those from freezing as well.

 

Root cellar on the 1860s farmOur animals are kept warm, happy, and well cared for all year round.