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!
Meet the Citizens of Prairietown
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.
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.
Clothing in the 1830s
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.
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.