First homesteaded in the 1850s, John Jr. and Electa (Lectty) Eidem bought their first home, a 39-acre farm, in 1894 raising two boys, and growing potatoes (and other crops) until their death in the 1950s. The farm would remain in the family for the next 20 years, until it was bought by the City of Brooklyn Park in 1976 to become a historical farm that would preserve and represent the city's farming roots.
Today, the site consists of 19 acres and two farmsteads (house, barn, and various outbuildings) once belonging to John Eidem, Jr. and his son Arthur (Archie) Eidem. Archie's farm, adjacent to his father's and once part of the John Jr. farm property, was established in the 1890s by his great uncle, Silas Merrill. Archie bought the farm in 1918 and maintained ownership until his death in 1977. Like his father and other Brooklyn Park farmers, Archie farmed potatoes as well as boarded sheep. In 1986 the house, outbuildings and 5 acres of land from Archie's farm was also obtained by the City of Brooklyn Park, joining the John Jr. property the city already owned, creating the existing Eidem Homestead.
Since it's opening in 1979, Eidem Homestead has strived to preserve these turn of the 20th century farmsteads in order to portray and educate visitors on a past way of life through a living history experience. Using period tools and techniques, costumed interpreters perform the daily tasks of farming and maintaining a household. Through the many programs, events, tours, activities and period demonstrations, visitors of all ages are able to step back in time and experience firsthand the joys and hardships of early 1900s farm life in the Brooklyn Park area.