Yesterday we visited the Harn Homestead -- we really enjoyed our visit
The Harn Homestead is an Oklahoma treasure that celebrates the territorial history of Oklahoma offering a “hands-on” and “minds-on” experience. Visitors share in the abundance of a territorial farm, the brilliance of a one-room school house, the grace of a Victorian home, and the waste-not want-not ethic of a territorial farm family. There is no place else in Oklahoma that can offer this experience which captures the spirit of the brave men, women, and children who settled this state.
The History of the Harn Homestead spans over 100 years. After the Land Run of April 22, 1889 in the Oklahoma Territory, there were many disputes over land claims so President Benjamin Harrison appointed Mr. William Fremont Harn to be a special land commissioner in Oklahoma Territory to settle these disputes.
Mr. Harn and his wife, Alice, moved to Oklahoma Territory and bought 160 acres on which the William Fremont Harn Gardens, Inc., known as the Harn Homestead, exists today. Through his experience as a claims adjuster, Mr. Harn knew the value of land and became one of the early developers of Oklahoma City. Mr. Harn purchased land near downtown Oklahoma City and developed several neighborhoods. Most notable is Harndale, now known as Heritage Hills and features some of Oklahoma City’s oldest homes. Many are currently on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Harn Homestead & 1889ers Museum.
The land was acquired in the 1889 land run but the original owners sold it to Mr. Harn, a lawyer from Ohio, who was sent to OK by the presendent to oversee the land owners claims.
Mrs Harn was an artist and four of her art works are displayed on the walls. After a few years she wanted to go back to Ohio. She was tired of living in a small cabin. Mr. Harn ordered a Sears home to make her happy. The home was very interesting to visit.
|Home bought from Sears |
|Another home on the grounds. |
|I was a little surprised to find an indoor pump.|
Other old buildings on the property.
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