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About 20 miles south of Columbus is Slate Run Metro Park and Slate Run Living Historical Farm. The farm is a living historical farm, which means the farm is operated as Ohio farms in the 1880s were.

My daughter loved the farm. We went early in the morning, and were the only visitors in the barn for about an hour.  By being there early, we missed the school and camp groups that were arriving as we were finishing up our visit.

The farm staff, who are dressed in period clothes, are very friendly and provided us with information about the individual animals.  Inside the main barn the munchkin got to pet horses, cows, and sheep. All the animals were calm, friendly, and allowed her to touch them. The horses were in their stalls and lowered their muzzles for her.  

Behind the main barn, we got to see the pigs and turkeys. I was shocked at how large pigs are! (Yes, I am a city girl.) And they are not clean and pink as the books and movies make them look. We also saw chickens, roosters, and ducks. The ducks roam the farm freely, and they are faster than an 18 month-old.

Besides the barn, visitors can tour the farmhouse, and see how food was prepared in the 1880s, along with various other buildings, such as an outhouse. We skip that stop on our tour!

Location: The park and farm are location in northeastern Pickaway County. From I-270, take U.S. 33 east toward Lancaster to the Canal Winchester/S.R. 674 exit. Turn right onto Gender Rd./S.R. 674 and go about 2 miles until it dead-ends into Lithopolis Road. Turn left and go about 1/2 mile to S.R. 674. Turn right and go about 4 miles to the entrance on the right. Once inside the park, go past the ranger station and take the first road left and follow the signs to the farm.

Hours: From June through August, the farm is open Tuesday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The farm is closed on Mondays. Check their website for hours since they change seasonally. 

What to Take: The path that leads from the parking lot to the farm is too far for little ones to walk. We brought a wagon, which was perfect. Stroller would be good too, but the path is dirt and a little bumpy, so a jogging stroller would be good. Other than that, the usual for the kiddos – snacks, drinks, sunscreen, hats. The farm does provide hand sanitizer at two locations. The farm asks that visitors do not feed the animals.

Fee: Free! 

Additional Info: For additional information about the farm, visit the Friends of Slate Run Farm website. The site has a schedule of events taking place on the farm, frequently asked questions about the farm, a baby animal report, and articles written by the farmers. Thanks to Farm Lady for the additional information!

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