Get ready to look at the year 1891!
With homes, trades, and businesses decked out to show what life was like in the 1890s, Railroad Town is an experience like no other. Living historians dressed in the styles of days gone by will interact with you as you take a self-guided tour through the town and will have a variety of hands-on experiences for you to try out. Check out our list of daily activities below and have fun exploring!
*Please note – For the safety of our historic interpreters, we ask that all visitors wear masks inside our historic buildings.
Railroad Town’s businesses and tradesmen and women keep busy every day, whether they are working on making horseshoes, tin cups, or hats for the ladies. The Silver Dollar serves up tasty sandwiches, hot dogs, ice cream, historic sodas, and more each day, and the Mercantile is stocked with supplies for purchase to commemorate your visit.
The residents in Railroad Town also keep busy on a daily basis. In fact, you may have heard this poem for keeping house:
Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Market on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday
Just like today’s housekeepers, people would read magazines and pass on tips through word of mouth, making this schedule, or one similar, the way that most divided up the week’s work. Now, keep in mind that the weather or other factors might alter our weekly schedule on occasion, just as it would have in the past, but we’ll do our best to keep on track!
We also have some special activities planned for the following days:
Saturday, August 14 – Sunday, August 15: Back to School in Railroad Town & Railyard Weekend – Railroad Town is bustling with activity as students prepare to go back to school, featuring activities that students in the 1890s would have studied. Kids can brush up on their knowledge in reading, arithmetic, spelling, handwriting, geography, and more!
The residents in Railroad Town have also heard of some shenanigans happening around town, and the hobos traveling the rails might just be behind that activity. Visit the “hobo camp” set up near the trains to learn about the people who traveled the country without ever purchasing a ticket. Discussion and demonstrations are sure to open your eyes to a different way of life!
Stuhr Museum, Creating Immersive Experience
7 Days A Week | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.