1880 DeVore Farm

Named after​ H.J. DeVore, the DeVore Farm represents a progressive farm of the era. Farmers who came to the "Great American Desert" had to improvise and try new methods of farming to survive. The five-acre farm is fully stocked with animals and machinery common to farms in the 1880s.

Daily activities include tending the garden, feeding the chickens, preparing food appropriate to the time period and sewing clothing, as well as planting, tending, and harvesting corn, wheat and other field crops.


Smith House

Homer Smith built his farm house in 1884 near the eastern border of Sedgwick County on what is now Central Avenue. The house was moved to Old Cowtown Museum in 1990. This modest frame residence is a good example of the National Folk style of architecture. It began as a simple I-Plan with two rooms up and two rooms down, a style that was favored in the Midwest from 1850 to 1890​.​​​ The kitchen ell was added after the turn of the 20th century with a bedroom over it, also. The Folk style typically features a plain, unadorned design with gabled roofs and a shed-roofed porch in the corner between the two wings.

The Smith House is the centerpiece of the DeVore farm, a fully functional representation of a 1880s Kansas farm. The farmstead, which includes the barn, windmill, garden, chicken coop, pasture and fields, provides a setting for the demonstration of domestic and agricultural activities of late 19th century.​