The 5th Grade Program is where students from Springfield schools come to the Farmstead and learn about
life in the 1860's.
When the students tour the Farmstead, they start the day by going through orientation
at the Liberty School, which includes the rules, a history of the one room school, and the Pledge of Allegiance with a 34
star flag. They split into four groups to tour our buildings.
The first building is the house. They
learn about the house itself, look at artifacts from the original site, and they learn about living in a house on the prairie.
The second building is the kitchen. Students get to make cookies on the hearth, wash their hands with lye soap
in a dry sink, and learn about food preservation on the prairie.
The third buidling is the granary. Here,
students wash clothes on a wash board, saw fire wood, do some gardening (spring), and get to see an outhouse.
fourth, and last, building is the barn. Activities in the barn include rope making, corn grinding, and pitching hay.
The barn is also home to a Springfield Wagon Company covered wagon.