Carstens 1880 Farmstead

“Preserving and celebrating Iowa’s farm history.”

Get a closer look at the tools and practices that have formed our rural heritage! Carstens 1880 Farmstead is a living history exhibit located in Shelby that showcases how farming practices in Iowa have moved over time from hand labor to horse machinery and tractors. The farmstead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is maintained and entirely run by volunteer efforts.

There are several events held throughout the year that allow you to visit and get involved with Carstens Farm. Their largest event, Farm Days, takes place annually on the weekend after Labor Day. This two-day event includes a variety of demonstrations, broom-making classes, steam and gasoline-powered engines on display, petting zoos, live music, a parade, and so much more!

The farm is open to the public by appointment only. Please call (712) 544-2638 to schedule your visit!

Please visit Carstens 1880 Farmstead's website for more information. 

This post was originally published on January 6, 2022 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.