Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms is a living history park in Austin, Texas. It features six different living history areas: the 1841 Tonkawa Encampment, the 1853 Walnut Creek Greenbelt, the 1869 German Emigrant Farm, the 1873 Texian Farm, the 1887 Cotton Planter's Farm, and the 1899 Sprinkle Corner rural village. In each area, visitors are transported back in time to explore different eras of Texas history first-hand.
If you're looking for a family-friendly activity that will also educate you and your children about about Texas history, then make sure to visit Jourdan-Bachmann Pioneer Farms for a memorable journey into the past.
Things to Do
- Explore all of the pioneer farms - the 1841 Tonkawa Encarpment features a real campsite used by the Tonkawa tribe, while the 1868 German Emigrant Farm focuses on the life of the Kruger family, including their 13 children who were all raised in a one-room log cabin!
- Stop by Sprinkle Corner, the park's recreated 1899 rural village that features exhibits on the history of Texas as well as buildings like a general store. There are also plenty of friendly folks around to tell you stories about life in this fascinating era.
- Make sure to take your kids to the barn - they'll love getting to see all the farm animals up close!
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms Insider Tips
- Visit their website to learn about annual passes which include free admission to special programs, as well as volunteer opportunities for both kids and adults who are passionate about history!
- Check their Calendar for more information on special programs and activities, including blacksmithing demonstrations, longhorn cattle exhibitions, and history-themed events.
- Do you have a Boy or Girl Scout in the family? If so, your child may be able to complete a badge or two at Pioneer Farms - more details can be found here.