Help "Fix Up the Farm" May 16 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

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Volume 37-107 For Immediate Release: April 28, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- "Fix Up the Farm" the way your ancestors fixed up their farms by participating in traditional spring tasks at a special event Saturday, May 16, at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

At 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., site staff will present a program entitled "How to Milk a Stone." The program will explore the history and formula of whitewash, the most common paint of the 19th century. You can help brew a batch of authentic whitewash and paint the historic site's yard fence. If you plan to assist with the whitewashing, dress appropriately for a day of painting. Gardening and woodworking demonstrations reflective of the time will also take place throughout the day.

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site preserves the last home and grave of Missouri frontiersman Nathan Boone. These features sit on what remains of Boone's Ash Grove farm, which at one point grew to be more than 1,000 acres.  The historic site is located 1.5 miles north of Ash Grove on State Highway V. 

For more details, contact the historic site at 417-751-3266 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at