One of the most important recreational, historical and conservation areas of the USA is the peninsula lying between the two man-made lakes Barkley and Kentucky, known as the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Covering thousands of acres of ridged peak forest and parkland, you can find LBL just south of Paducah KY, located near I-24. LBL is all about great fun delivered with an ethos of education and ecology in a contemporary and historical context. One of the most important historical developments in LBL is The Homeplace. Located at Pryor Hollow, Stewart County, Tennessee, a rural farm has been created in replica of an atypical Between the Rivers farmhouse and lands of 1850. The Homeplace is about 12 miles south of one of LBL’s other key attractions, The Golden Pond Visitor Center. The Homeplace season is March 1 to November 30 and is open daily April 1 through October 31, but in March and November it is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Hours are 09:00-17:00, Monday to Saturday and 10:00-17:00 on Sundays. Last admission is at 16:00 and ticket prices are $4 for age 13+, $2 ages 5-12 and under 5s are free of charge.

At The Homeplace you are transported back to a working 19th Century farm where history really comes alive. You can wander at leisure around the farm interacting with the interpreters, who are members of Friends of LBL, as they undertake all the tasks as if it were a normal day in 1850. There are 16 log buildings, 14 of which are originals transplanted from the immediate environs, including a single Pen house and a double Pen house. The farm animals are all original heritage breeds chosen specifically in line with the LBL conversation philosophy. The farm crops are corn, tobacco, sheep and hogs and the activities at The Homeplace run according to the seasons so depending on the time of your visit you might see sheep shearing in the spring months or the bringing in of the fall harvest.

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