The West Farm
In 1972 the city and residents of Brooklyn Park became determined to preserve a piece of their farming history. The reason being the flourishing suburban growth causing many of the older homes across the city to be demolished.
Four years later, in 1976, the city bought the Eidem home and its 10 acres using a federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for $40,000. The house, which had been owned by the Eidem family since 1894 was, despite needing some work, in amazingly good condition and structurally sound. The next three years were spent restoring the house and outbuildings which at the time included a barn, windmill, well house, chicken coup and outhouse.
On September 23, 1979 the Brooklyn Park Historical Farm (Eidem Homestead) opened to the public with more than 1,500 people in attendance.
The East Farm
The East farm was owned by Archie Eidem, son of John & Electa Eidem, from 1918 until his death in 1977. The property was then bought by the Seed Family, a developing company, for future development.
In 1986 the Seed Family sells 5 acres of the property along with the house, barn and outbuildings which included a sheep shed, chicken coop, and brick garage to the City of Brooklyn Park for $5. This property then joined the previously existing west farm to create the existing Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park Historical Farm.
The East farm is currently closed to the public and serves as a caretaker’s residence and collective storage space for the Eidem Homestead.
The Historical Farm
Since its beginning, the Eidem Homestead has strived to not only preserve the physical aspects of farm life from the turn of the 20th century, but to portray and educate its visitors of a way of life that has past. Through its many programs, tours, events, activities and period demonstrations, visitors over the years have been able to step back in time and experience first hand the joys and hardships of 1900 farm life in the Brooklyn Park area.