1920’s Farmhouse

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1920s farmhouse
Front view of the farmhouse.



This weekend I got to visit the historical Sauder Village in Ohio.  Stepping out of my car and onto the village grounds was like stepping back in time.  There were little shops everywhere – the general store, the tinsmith, the barber, the herb shop, the grist mill, etc.  Most of the village is designed to replicate mid-nineteenth century living, but a newer section spotlights life in the early twentieth century.  The newly restored 1920’s farmhouse was easily my favorite part of the visit.  My grandparents had a great little farm when I was growing up that they’d inherited from an aunt, so this farm house brought back a ton of memories. Here are a few pictures I thought I’d share.

dining room
The dining room was the heart of the home. It had the table, and more importantly the phone.
The music was in the dining room since so many of the home’s activities took place here.
This player piano was in the parlor. The Parlor was where the family entertained their guests, so the furnishings and accessories tended to be the nicest in the home.
Try explaining this to your kids now. Party line!
I’d love to get one of these for my own office!
The kitchen. Now in the warmer weather, the wife would cook outside in the “summer kitchen” so not to heat up the house. This house did not have a bathroom – the owner decided against bringing the outhouse in.
basement 2
The home’s washing area.


canned goods
The cellar had canned goods lining the walls – including homemade ketchup (catsup?).
Beautiful pitcher and basin.
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15 Responses

  1. Barbara Monajem

    We had a party line when I was a child. We spoke to the operator when calling someone. Wow, I’m part of history! 😉

  2. ginaconkle2013

    Hey Jess,
    Thanks for the walk back in time. This is a lot like my grandma’s house in Wendell, MN. When I visited her in the ’70s, she still had the hand crank roller “washer” for laundry days in her basement. She would still use it from time to time! I’m sharing this on my Google+ page. Women will get a kick out of the visuals. 🙂

  3. Glenda

    Jessica, thanks for the flashback! My father grew up on a farm not too far from Sauder farm and we visited a few times when I was younger. I don’t remember ever going in the house though. 😊

  4. Maggi Andersen

    Great post, Jessica. The quiet simplicity of life in the past has appeal, but it would be hard for us to go back and give up our creature comforts!.