About The Farm at Prophetstown
Museums at Prophetstown
P.O. Box 331
3534 Prophetstown Road
Battle Ground, IN 47920
Located just inside the beautiful Prophetstown State Park!
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The Farm at Prophetstown is a working farm. The livestock enjoy a beautiful, healthy, free range farm setting and our crops are used to feed them throughout the year. Our animals’ big personalities truly speak for their happiness on The Farm!
Our farming is done in partnership with some wonderful, local farmers who help us to plant, grow, and harvest grains, hay, and straw for our animals. We strive to serve as a home to animals that are breeds commonly found in the 1920s. Our livestock includes Standardbred horses, miniature horses, heritage and endangered chicken breeds, Hereford cattle, Oxford/Suffolk cross sheep, and Berkshire hogs, among others. We’re proud to provide a home to horses from the Indiana Horse Rescue out of Frankfort, Indiana.
The Farm practices and educates visitors on aspects of sustainable agriculture, gardening, canning, as well as farm-to-table cooking, blacksmithing and homesteading arts. It draws on a wide range of resources such as beekeepers, master gardeners, farm professionals, and home economics experts. For most programming, admission is free with state park entry. The Farm is located just inside the beautiful Prophetstown State Park. With the $55 purchase of a Farm membership, entry into the park is free and a discount of 10% on meat, eggs, and produce purchased is offered, as well as early opportunities to reserve space at our very popular farm-to-table dinners.
We’re thrilled to offer visitors a 1920s farmstead complete with a replica Sears & Roebuck and Company catalog farmhouse common to that era, as well as an authentic, period-specific Tenant House moved to the property from Lafayette, Indiana. The farmhouse was erected on the property through the generosity of Sue and Dale Gibson, who shared in the passion and vision to celebrate this vital period in history. The Farm and all who visit are eternally grateful for the Gibson’s generosity. The Tenant House was moved to The Farm because of the generosity of Nola Gentry and Ned Derhammer and was dedicated as the I. Floyd Garrott Tenant House. The Farm was excited to welcome the addition of the Tenant House to the farmstead. Tenant houses were common to this period, and served as a house where farmhands or house staff would have lived. We’re pleased to honor the memory of Nola Gentry through this generous gift.
Also found on the farmstead is a beautiful red barn that welcomes guests to the property, a corn crib, milk house, chicken coops, blacksmith shop, machine shed, and other structures that were a part of the 1920s farm landscape. We invite you to visit and take it all in!
Board of Directors
President: Steve Dietrich
Vice President: Laura Hale
Treasurer: Tony Maniscalli
Secretary: Andrew Muffet
We welcome, and rely on the generosity of volunteers who can give their time and talent to The Farm. Areas we can always use help with include; gardening, maintenance projects, greeting guests, facilitating or assisting with programs and special events, working farm-to-table dinners and more. Due to COVID-19, many volunteer activities have been temporarily suspended.
If you are interested in volunteering, either stop in and talk to one of the staff members or drop off a completed volunteer form. You can also email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will resume volunteer activities when the pandemic has passed. Thank you to the many wonderful volunteers that help make The Farm such a special place to spend time!
Executive Director and CEO
Pamela Dexter was born and raised on a farm outside of Boswell, Indiana, and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University. Along with her husband Mike, Pam has three children and three grandchildren. Pam has nearly 20 years of experience in leadership in the Greater Lafayette area serving as an educator, a supervisor, a fundraiser, a program developer, and hands-on team member setting the strategic direction for organizations she has served. Pam worked as the Director of Marketing and Development with Lafayette Neighborhood Housing Services and the Foundation Director for IU Health Arnett before moving on to Purdue University where she served in leadership roles with the College of Engineering, College of Health & Human Science, and the division of Student Life for over 13 years.
“I believe the combination of having grown up on a farm in the Midwest where people are kind and hard-working have helped create who I am,” says Dexter. “The Farm at Prophetstown is a treasure in the Greater Lafayette area, giving individuals and families the unique opportunity to experience and learn about farm life and homesteading in the early 1900s. It was my Grandfather and Grandmother who put down roots in Indiana and established our family farm. They then passed it down to my parents. Driving onto the The Farm property every day is like coming home. I guess what they say is true, you can take the girl off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the girl. I encourage everyone to visit The Farm and meet our incredible staff, our animals bursting with personality, and take in the peace and tranquility of this historic farmstead.”
Education and Events Coordinator/Farm Chef
Lauren Reed is the Education and Events Coordinator/Chef for The Farm at Prophetstown. After graduating from Rossville High School in 2002, she studied Food and Nutrition and Journalism at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. She continued to work in various restaurants throughout her college career and was given the opportunity to study under several professionally trained Chefs. In 2009 she was an official judge for the Clabber Girl BBQ competition and also a competitor in the 2010 Clabber Girl Chili cook off. As the Catering and Banquet Manager for Purdue University, she represented Purdue in the NACUFS Culinary Challenge in 2012. She has had the honor of cooking at three Super Bowls with celebrity chefs, as well as being the chef for the Indianapolis Colts VIP Tailgates through Bullseye Event Group. She has also competed in several cooking competitions with the Girl Scouts of Indiana. Five years ago, she started working for The Farm and it has totally changed her life.
“I truly love what it brings to our community and all of those who visit. We have been able to offer five course seasonal farm-to-table dinners, which have been a huge hit in the community. These dinners are a way to showcase the products we grow and produce on The Farm, while giving the guest a 1920’s dining experience. I am proud to say that The Farm is thriving, with a growing guest interest in history, food and eating local.”
“Animals are the best coworkers and outside is the best office. It is truly the little things in life and we help people experience and celebrate those things. Sunshine, fresh vegetables, happy animals, a good meal. It is amazingly simplistic how much peace and purpose coexist on the farm.”
Diane has fit right into to our family of Farm staff. With a background in landscaping and landscape design, she brings experience and knowledge to some key areas and has been a very hard worker and quick learner with all aspects of the operation. She thoroughly enjoys the atmosphere at the Farm, loves visiting with guests, and has commented on how she appreciates the scenic drive in through the beautiful Prophetstown Park.
“Seeing the best of 1920 Indiana distilled into the idyllic living history Farm at Prophetstown is a daily opportunity to explore what it means to be an American at a time when small town and small business doesn’t mean small world. It’s a reminder that even with the most exciting international news and markets available at your fingertips, nothing quite beats the satisfaction of growing your own tomatoes.”
Caity generously served as a volunteer at The Farm before joining the staff. Caity also works at Wolf Park located just outside of Battle Ground. Caity loves helping out with the dinners and caring for the animals.
Eli is a Farm staff member who is good to all of our animals, but is especially partial to the pigs. He’s the first to sit in the pen and get to know them when they arrive at The Farm. He normally helps in creatively naming all of them, and gives them the best belly scratches.
Noah lives and works on his family farm in the Battle Ground area. His family owns Roy Show Pigs and have been supportive neighbors of The Farm at Prophetstown. Noah’s knowledge on animals is helping us keep our animal family here at The Farm happy and healthy. Look for Noah on your next visit and say hello!
Andrew came to us experienced in working on farms in other parts of the country. His extensive knowledge and great work ethic have been a big asset to our team. Andrew is an energetic guy and loves to keep busy with projects all over The Farm. If you need help with anything while visiting, Andrew is your guy!