Eidem Homestead currently consists of 19 acres and two complete farmsteads (house, barn, chicken coop, and other outbuildings) that once belonged to John Jr. and Electa Eidem, and his son, Arthur Eidem. Through a grant, the City of Brooklyn Park bought John Jr.'s property in 1976 with the purpose of turning it into a living history farm as a means of preserving the city's agricultural history. Arthur's property was obtained in 1986.
Since 1979, Eidem Homestead has been offering a variety of programs, events, and hands-on activities to community members as way for them to learn and experience the city's history and turn of the 20th century farm life first hand. It's also been a destination for people of all ages to meet and connect with one another and enjoy the natural world. In order to enhance the user experience, and continue offering great programs and events for our community, a master plan for the site is being developed.
In November of 2017, Recreation and Parks leaders began working with Miller Dunwiddie to develop a 10-year master plan for Eidem Homestead. The plan will include development of a mission and vision statement for the site, an interpretation plan for programs and self-direction, and a facility development plan. The new plan will ensure that existing and future programming will meet our larger goals and work together to accomplish our mission; that customer and operational needs are being met; and that the site's physical aspects are being preserved.