Last updated: 11/16/2017
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Street Address
1721 N. Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Mailing Address
1721 N. Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
phone: 405-235-4058
e-mail: info@harnhomestead.com
web: www.harnhomestead.com/
Hours
REGULAR HOURS
Monday - Friday10 AM - 4 PM
Guided Tours of the Harn House are at: 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
SUMMER HOURS
Summer Hours start the first business day after July 4th and run through Labor Day.
Monday - Friday9 AM - 2 PM
Guided Tours of the Harn House are at: 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
Admissions
General Admission: $5
Seniors (over 65): $4
Military (with ID): $4
Children 4 and under : Free
Services
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Melessa Gregg, Executive Director
phone: 405-235-4058
David Sapper, Education Director
Kasandra Schemel, Event Coordinator
Description

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.

Mission

When the Harn's niece, Florence Wilson, deeded the property to the City, she did so with the expectation that this homestead would offer educational programming to children and become a children’s museum. Continuing with Miss Wilson’s wishes, it is our mission to teach about Oklahoma’s pioneers and what life was like for them over 100 years ago.

Our mission is to preserve the historic homestead of Mr. William Fremont Harn and to educate the public about the territorial years of Oklahoma.

History

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.

Educational Programs

EDUCATION PROGRAMMING OPPORTUNITIES

Two Hour Program $5 Per Child, $3 Per Adult Sponsor 10:00-12:00 (Choose Two Programs)

Three Hour Program $8 Per Child, $5 Per Adult Sponsor 10:00-1:30 (Choose Three Programs)

(Teachers are admitted free. A guided tour of the Harn House is an additional $2 per person.)

  • FARMHOUSE PROGRAM: Students spend time in a turn-of-the-19th century farmhouse experiencing and learning about early Pioneer life. Activities include old fashioned hard work, such as washing clothes and cooking in the kitchen.
  • BARN PROGRAM: Students are given an opportunity to work in both the barn and the garden areas. They will experience life on the farm, as did children 120 years ago. Students will grind corn, muck the stalls, make rope, and when the weather is good, work in the garden.
  • SCHOOLHOUSE PROGRAM: This program allows students to experience a day in a territorial schoolhouse. A teacher prepares and presents lessons from the Stoney Point school curriculum guide, while students participate by using slates and reading from the McGuffey Reader. Playground games from the late 1800’s are an option for good weather days.
  • LAND RUN DAYS: Between 200 - 300 students come to the Harn Homestead Museum each day to participate in a variety of hands-on activities. The highlight of the day is the children’s re-enactment of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889. The events will be held each day from 9:45 am to 1:30 pm. You must make a reservation to attend.
Services

GUIDED TOURS OF THE HARN HOUSE

Guided tours of the Harn House take about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Feel free to pack a picnic and eat in the beautiful outdoor setting.

FACILITY RENTAL PACKAGES

The Event Barn is a great place to host your event. Our two-story 3,000 square foot rock and cedar barn holds 200-250 guests for a sit-down event or up to 500 guests for a reception. The Barn is heated for those chilly winter months and three stories of Barn doors open out on the North and South ends to provide air during the warmer months. .

You may also use the lawn in front of the Event Barn to set up tables and chairs, put up a tent, or use for children’s activities such as our historic lawn games

Celebration, Wedding or Photo Shoot

Plan your party, wedding or photo shoot at the beautiful and historic Harn Homestead Museum. We offer 10 acres of beautifully landscaped museum grounds. Our Event Barn, Jane Van Cleef Memorial Gazebo, Shinn Barn, Schoolhouse, Farmhouse, Neal Cabin, and property are the perfect backdrops for your special day.

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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