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Rediscovering Idaho's Farmstead Treasures

Explore 19th Century Agriculture in Boise's Dry Creek Valley

In Idaho's scenic Dry Creek Valley, the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead provides a captivating glimpse into regional agricultural history. Established in the early 1860s, it embodies the resilience and ingenuity of settlers drawn by the Homestead Act of 1862. This historic site preserves the legacy of Idaho's farming pioneers, offering visitors an immersive experience in the region's rich agricultural heritage.

Phillip Schick, a young pioneer from New York, established the farmstead, cultivating a diverse array of crops and raising livestock. Over time, the farm grew into a thriving agricultural hub, with its produce contributing to the prosperity of the surrounding community.

In 1920, the farm changed hands, ushering in a new era under the management of Frank Parsons and later Costantino Ostolasa. Under their stewardship, the farmstead continued to flourish, evolving to meet the demands of a changing agricultural landscape.

On May 1, 2024, the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead celebrated its grand reopening, welcoming visitors to explore its meticulously preserved buildings, including the original farmhouse, kitchen, root cellar, and barn. This momentous occasion marked a new chapter in the farmstead's storied history, as it reaffirmed its commitment to preserving Idaho's agricultural heritage for future generations to enjoy.

Today, the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead stands as a testament to the perseverance of Idaho's farming pioneers. Visitors can explore the meticulously preserved buildings, gaining insight into the daily lives of those who lived and worked on the land.

Throughout the summer months, the farmstead welcomes visitors on Saturdays, offering guided tours and special events that celebrate its rich heritage. From demonstrations of traditional farming techniques to interactive exhibits, there's something for everyone to enjoy at this unique historical site.

For those eager to delve deeper into Idaho's agricultural past, the Dry Creek Historical Society provides invaluable resources and opportunities for further exploration. By supporting the preservation efforts of the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead, visitors can ensure that this vital piece of history remains accessible for generations to come.

Step back in time and experience rural life at its finest.