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Where can we live like a pioneer family?

I am planning my family vacation for the summer of 2010. I am looking for a "weekend getaway" that includes "Pioneer Living." In that I mean something like a camp where families can spend a weekend playing as a pioneer family. Where a family can spend 2 nights (or 1 whichever) as a pioneer family. I am having hard time in my research trying to find this type of program/vacation. Any suggestions would be SO helpful! Thanks so much! - Jenifer, Ulen, Minn.

We have lots of suggestions for you: See Living like a pioneer.

Many historical sites offer day camps that let children live and play like Laura Ingalls Wilder, Davy Crockett, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.

In the northern-Illinois town of Oregon, families can rent a covered wagon or tepee to stay in during Oregon Trail Days in July. The festival is held in Lowden State Park.

There are several day camps in which people can live like pioneers. In southeast Wisconsin, the living-history complex Old World Wisconsin offers a Family Farmhand Fun Camp, where you can do chores and play games like early settlers.

You could combine that with the "Hooked on Laura'' day camps at Old World Wisconsin, for children in third through seventh grades.

Old World Wisconsin also offers Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in July.

The museum also has five sessions of the One-Room Schoolhouse Rocks day camp for grades one through eight.

For more about Old World Wisconsin, see In search of Christmas past.

For more about Laura sites, see Laura Ingalls Wilder stories.

Last updated on March 25, 2011