A great way to experience 19th century rural farm life.
Take a tour through the 140-year old brick home, fully decorated with original period furnishings, many of which were original to the house.
The Historic Johnson Farm is open to the public and visited by school groups and tourists alike, who want to get a rare glimpse of 19th century farmhouse living. Guided and self-guided tours are available.
The 15-acre property also includes two nature trails, a heritage garden and barn animals, such as sheep, chickens and three donkeys that love to be petted.
The Barn Loft Museum has a hands-on area, where visitors of all ages can play with vintage wooden toys, try grinding some corn, collect eggs from the roasting boxes and experience several other authentic things from the recent past.
The Historic Johnson Farm is one of only three school systems in the U.S. that own a farm.
The Johnson Farm once was a tobacco farm in the 19th century and was owned by Oliver Moss, a wealthy tobacco farmer. Constructed with handmade bricks made from the mud of the French Broad River nearby, the 1880 building was joined by a tool shed/blacksmith shop, barn, boarding house and a cottage over the years.
During the first half of the 20th century, Johnson Farm was a summer boarding house and tourist retreat, which was owned and operated by Sallie Johnson and her sons Vernon and Leander. After Sallie’s death, Vernon and Leander helped to improve the educational facilities in the County by donating many acres of farmland for the construction of a new middle school.
After Vernon and Leander had passed away, they left Johnson Farm to the Henderson County Public Schools, so that it could become a heritage center and education facility for future generations.
The Historic Johnson Farm is also part of the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a North Carolina Cultural Treasure.
It is well worth to also explore the insides of the Johnson Farm historic home.
Johnson Farm is an ideal place for children to learn about farmhouse living in the 19th century.
Throughout the park there are various places available where you can have a picnic. Bring a snack or lunch, as there are no concessions.
You can watch short videos explaining the history of Johnson Farm.
Restrooms are available at the museum.