At the turn-of-the-century…the world was at peace, rich men rode in private railroad cars and a shirt cost only 23 cents! Cary Nation took a hatchet to the saloons and women marched for suffrage (the right to vote). Even though the income tax had arrived, a married man making $20,000.00 a year in 1913 found he owed Washington all of $160.00
The turn from the nineteenth to the twentieth century was marked as an age of science and progress. New ideas regarding physical education, the opening of the business world, a professional life for women, the love of travel and the complexity of “modern” living all started to emerge.
The buildings and demonstrations you see before you here at Billie Creek Village date from the 1830’s Log Cabin to the 1913 Schoolhouse. Even though electricity was
harnessed and people rode in cars by 1908,
rural turn-of-the-century life mainly
consisted of doing "chores" and the slow pace of everyday living.