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Spend an unforgettable weekend living at the Museum’s Pioneer Farm!

What was life really like for a pioneer family settling in the Genesee Country during the early 1800s?

Experience it for yourself! You’ll live the life of a pioneer family while Museum guests are around, but also in the solitude of a quiet summer night or on a cool autumn evening with the warm glow of firelight and candles illuminating your log home. 

Make our cabin your home away from home for the weekend

Make our cabin your home away from home for the weekend

Imagine living and working at the Pioneer Farmstead and making our 1809 Hetchler Log House your home for one memorable weekend...

On select weekends again this year, you can partake in your own pioneer experience firsthand. As pioneers, you will tackle the daily chores necessary for your family’s survival - anything from fetching water to working the fields and gardens, caring for the farm animals, and cooking your meals over an open hearth. Activities change depending on the time of year and every Pioneer Experience is unique and customized for your family or group by our staff. 

Your pioneer guide and advisor for the weekend will be an experienced Museum interpreter and open-hearth cook. Our Pioneer Farmstead staff thoroughly enjoys spending their days at the farm working around the log house, in the gardens, and throughout the farm as they share stories of pioneer farm life with all of our guests.

Your personal guide will be helping you master the skills necessary to accomplish all of the work required to keep the farmstead running smoothly during the day and to survive on your own each night.

Those selected to be part of our Pioneer House Experience will be required to attend an orientation session on a day scheduled prior to the start of their weekend. Each participant will be fitted for period clothing by our costuming department during orientation.

Making Memories

The fee is $200 per adult, and $130 per youth (ages 8-16). A non-refundable down payment of 50% of the total is due upon acceptance. The remaining 50% is to be paid at the scheduled orientation. Payments can be made via cash, check, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). Each “pioneer” group must include a minimum of two adults. There is a maximum of 6 people per group.

2020 Dates

Pioneer Experience weekends for 2020 are:

June 26-28: Ending the Season of Want - CANCELLED

July 24-26: The Season of Plenty - CANCELLED

August 28-30: The Work of the Harvest

September 18-20: The Mad Dash to Winter

October 9-11: Celebrating the Harvest