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Old Time Farm Days

Annual event demonstrates pioneer lifestyle
Posted at 5:00 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 23:20:25-04

BOISE, IDAHO — The roads that run through Hidden Springs may not seem like back roads today, but in the 1860s getting from here to downtown Boise was a daylong excursion. Among the modern homes here stands an icon of that era.

And today the Shick-Ostolasa house still stands, 151 years after it was built.

In 1868 Phillip Schick discovered the area after his oxen got loose. This is where he tracked them down, and this was where he built his original home. And while the Treasure Valley certainly has changed, the home remains largely unchanged.

Now the Shick-Ostolasa house serves as a reminder of what life was like before all of the conveniences of today, like electricity and indoor plumbing.

The Dry Creek Historical Society hosts many tours here, and it is a favorite among third grade teachers hoping to enlighten their students about the amazing changes over the last century and a half.

This Sunday the farmstead will be open to history buffs of all ages, for an annual event called Old Time Farm Days.

Elliot says it's important for people to learn about life 150 years ago, and she hopes this property will remain unchanged for another 150 years.