2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the original Homestead Act of 1862, which granted 160 acres of land to citizens who would live on the land for five years and improve it by building a home and growing crops. Homesteaders played a vital role in the history of northeast Wyoming. The Campbell County Rockpile Museum invites all community members to a free Homestead Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 15th.
There will be performances by the Big Horn Basque Club dancers and Gillette Ganglat Fiddle Club. Ongoing demonstrations will include spinning, a sheepherder’s lifestyle, traditional Native American foods and Dutch oven cooking. Families may try some old-fashioned crafts and activities such as candle-dipping, rope-making, grinding wheat, wool carding, making homemade ice cream, a stick horse rodeo, and more. The newly renovated sheepwagon and homestead shack will be open for tours. Please come join the fun at the Homestead Heritage Festival from 10:00 to 2:00 on Saturday, September 15th! Contact the museum at 682-5723 for a schedule of events.