Family Living Center

Plan to spend a little extra time in this exhibition hall, where children can make their own rope and everyone can step back in time to learn how communities in the 1840s managed without electricity or running water. See live demonstrations of how barrels and candles were made and used. Watch tour guides weave rugs from rags, a common way to recycle in the 19th century. Learn how bread was baked in a brick oven and taste a sample for yourself. Or just take a break on the comfortable benches and chat with guides about frontier craftsmanship and pioneer ingenuity. 

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Latitude: 40.547302 Longitude: -91.392697 Elevation: 550 ft
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Hours Open

May to September: Mon-Sat, 9 am - 6 pm; Sun, 12 pm - 5 pm // Other Months: Mon-Sat, 10 am - 5 pm; Sun, 12 pm - 5 pm

Time Period Represented


Seasons Open

Open year-round

Visitor Fees


Accessibility Notes

Pet Friendly Notes

Since this center contains machines, artifacts, and demonstration tools, pets may not be brought inside.  We appreciate your understanding. Service animals are allowed.


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