The house on the Wessels Living History Farm is full of period furniture and artifacts that can bring to life what it was like to live 90 years ago in rural America. Dale Clark, our former education coordinator, conducted guided tours of the house and explained how the various artifacts in the house were used, including firing up the wood-burning stove in the kitchen. Click on the red dots on the floor plan above to see Dale's presentations.
We believe that the house was adapted from plans sold by the mail order giant Sears. From 1908–1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold about 70,000 - 75,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program. Over that time Sears designed 447 different housing styles, from the elaborate multistory homes to simple cottages. Our model was known as the Maytown (Model No. 167). For $753, Sears promised to provide the plans and all the materials for the house. You supplied the labor. Click on here to see the offer for the plans in detail.
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