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The Homeplace in Land Between the Lakes

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Ever wonder what it would be like to visit a rural farm in the mid-19th century?  If so, take a trip to Pryor Hollow in Stewart County, Tennessee, to visit The Homeplace 1850 at Land Between The Lakes.

This working history farm still produces corn, tobacco, sheep, and hogs, and contains 16 log structures (14 of them original) which were relocated from within 10 miles of Pryor Hollow.  The crops and livestock are grown and harvested using period tools and techniques.  The livestock and farm animals are “minor breeds,” meaning they are historic breeds of animals that are considered endangered species, since they are no longer used in modern agriculture.

The Homeplace was originally part of a Revolutionary War land grand issued to John Colants.  Colants would assign at least 40 acres of land to William Pryor, who took possession December 1, 1808.  It was the Pryor family that settled in the hollow where The Homeplace now stands, and nearby areas such as Pryor Creek and Pryor Bay were named in their honor.

In addition to the farm operation, visitors to The Homeplace can examine what living in a mid-19th century farm house would have been like by visiting the Double Pen House, the second generation's living quarters.  The log home is typical of the farmhouses of the time, which were built to provide relief from the hot, humid Tennessee summers.

The Homeplace 1850 season runs from March 1-November 30.  It is open Wednesday-Sunday in March and daily April-October from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (The last ticket of the day will be sold at 4 p.m.).  Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up; $3 for ages 5-12; and free for ages 4 and under. Pre-scheduled group rates are available by calling (270) 924-2020.

The Homeplace 1850

SEASON  March 1 through November 30
HOURS  March & November:  Wednesday-Sunday 10a-5p; April through October open daily 10a-5p
ADMISSION  Ages 13 & up is $5.00; $3.00 for ages 5-12; Ages 4 and under are free
GPS  N 36 39' 17.4" / W 87 58' 32.9"  {Map It!}
LOCATION  11.8 miles / 15 minutes south of the Visitor Center on the Trace.

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