Welcome to 1836 Prairietown

1836 Prairietown is open APRIL through OCTOBER

Immerse yourself in a 19th-century village and interact with the people, animals, objects and routines of life in Central Indiana in 1836. You can study in the one-room schoolhouse, help with chores or watch a tradesperson at work. You'll also meet the residents of Prairietown as they go about their daily lives. You'll learn new skills and they might even tell you stories and share some local gossip. Come prepared to learn and play. Prairietown's success depends on you!


Who Would You Be in 1836?

What was it like to be a craftsman or a cook in the 19th century? Visit the Outfitter's Cart to learn about these and other trades. Then pick a role and pretend!

Play a 19th Century Game

It wasn’t all chores in Prairietown. Take a break and learn how kids had fun all those years ago—you can try your hand at hoop and stick, ninepin, French and English, and even walking on stilts!

Learn a Trade

Watch a blacksmith forge iron, see pottery created from clay at the Barker Brothers’ shop, and track the transformation of simple wood to art and utility at McClure carpentry.

Know Your Role

What was it like to be a craftsman or a cook in 1836? Visit the Outfitter's Cart to learn about these and other trades. Then pick a role and pretend! Learn proper manners for the 19th century and how expectations differed for boys and girls. Acquire new skills and see how you would have survived all those years ago.

Chalk it Up

Step into a one-room schoolhouse and learn some of the most important lessons of the day. You might study ABCs and 1-2-3s, or reading and ‘rithmetic!

Our Town is Hoping You Can Help Us Make History Happen!

Even though they are a community of hard workers, the residents of Prairietown depend upon the support of Conner Prairie donors. Each of the buildings you see, whether a barn, home, or storefront, requires maintenance and upkeep that comes from the generosity of visitors like you. Give today to ensure that 1836 Prairietown keeps thriving for centuries to come.

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Meet the Citizens of Prairietown

In this fictional-yet-historically-accurate-town, you'll find an interesting mix of individuals with differing views on religion, politics and daily life.

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Fun and Games

Even though children had many chores to do during the 1830s, games were an important part of their lives. Children regularly tried to transform their work into play.

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Help Determine the Future of Prairietown

Prairietown’s fate hangs in the balance! It’s the year 1836 and this little community has sprung up in just the last couple of years.

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Who Would You Be in Prairietown?

What was it like to be a craftsperson or a cook in the 19th century? Take a look at some of the trades and skills that helped or hindered Prairietown's survival. Which role would you be best suited for in 1836?

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Prairietown's Fate

Our fictional village of Prairietown is based on years of demographic and geographic research. The idea was to create a village that was representative of a newly-founded Indiana town in the 1830s.

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Clothing in the 1800s

As you tour 1836 Prairietown, take notice of the clothing worn by the townspeople. Most are wearing basic outfits as they do housework, gardening or a trade. A few may dress a bit fancier than others.

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