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Heritage Farm Stay Adventure, Indiana
Enjoy a stay at Heritage Farm and experience all the exhilaration that an Indiana farm has to offer. Heritage Farm is a working alpaca farm with over 70 alpacas you can watch and interact with. Read more...
Enjoy a stay at Heritage Farm and experience all the exhilaration that an Indiana farm has to offer. Heritage Farm is a working alpaca farm with over 70 alpacas you can watch and interact with. Also residing on the farm are a flock of chickens, 4 goats and a horse. If you want to, you can help with the daily chores of feeding the animals and collecting eggs. After that, you can explore the big red barn that was selected as one of the top-ten Bicentennial barns in the state. Roam around the 120 acre homestead, woods and creek and soak in the sights, sounds and smells of the farm. Be sure to visit our farm store before you leave where you can shop for alpaca products such as sweaters, hats, mittens and scarves. Pick up some honey made from bees on our farm or some farm fresh eggs from our flock of pastured chickens!
Heritage Farm has several options for overnight lodging. One of the most popular places to stay is in our authentic 1850's log cabin. And it's certainly special to us as well. The cabin represents a valued part of our heritage. It reminds us every day of our agricultural roots, solid values and the importance of faith and family.
Here’s the story: In 1987, Beth’s parents, Bob and Nelda Lovelace owned what is now Heritage Farm. Beth and Tim lived in Indianapolis at that time and were involved in their health care careers. Even so, we would often visit the farm on weekends, longing for a time when we could enjoy the farm more often.
One day, a neighboring farmer approached Beth’s dad and told of a discovery he had made. While clearing an old homestead on his property, he discovered that the old white clapboard farmhouse was hiding an antique treasure underneath all that siding and plaster. He revealed the hand-hewn poplar logs of two story log cabin; perfectly preserved by it’s modern coverings. He went on to say that he wasn’t interested in the cabin, and he asked if Bob wanted it. Bob knew that both Beth and Tim were interested in early American history and after a family discussion, we all decided that this would be a great project—something that would bring us back to the farm and provide hours of family time in restoration work!
We hired a house mover to move the cabin down 3 miles of country roads to its current location on the farm. After a couple of seasons of restoration, we held our first family Christmas gathering in the cabin.
Through the years, we’ve had many more gatherings. We enjoy sharing with clubs, school and church groups and anyone who wants to experience a little bit of the past and enjoy the serenity of the farm. Recently, we have renovated the cabin again to make it a more comfortable place for our guests to use when they visit the farm.
Several time a year we build a big, crackling fire in the fireplace on a cold winter night and just sit in front of it basking in the warm glow of candlelight. As the firelight dances off those big old logs, we imagine what it must have been like to live the without the comforts and conveniences we enjoy today. We think about how those families toiled to survive harsh Indiana winters and the hot, humid summers. Families spending all of their time together; parents directly involved in every aspect of raising their kids and instilling life-long gifts of faith and values. We also think about the good times they must have had. They had to invent much of their own fun and entertainment. But they did just fine. And I actually think they were better off in many ways.
Valuing Our Past, Building for the Future
Our mission at Heritage Farm is to apply that same pioneer spirit and value system to our alpaca business and Farm Stay enterprise. We are dedicated to working hard to provide the best of care to our herd and our overnight guests. I imagine the original occupants of the cabin would have done nothing less.