About Maplelawn Farmstead
Maplelawn Farmstead, Inc. creates experiences which connect people to the rich rural history of the 1930’s Great Depression era on an Indiana family farm. The farm is located in Boone County, Indiana in the community of Zionsville. We strive to preserve, educate, and inspire through educational programming and special events.
Maplelawn Farmstead has a well documented history that dates back to the early 1800’s. The original farmstead was established by John and Jane Wolf in 1835. In 1900, the Wolf heirs sold the farm to Alfred Elroy and Elmira Moore Scott. The farmstead remained in the Scott family until the death of Lester Bradley -the surviving spouse of a Scott heir, Alyce Scott Bradley in 2000. In 2003, the land on which the farmstead stands was sold to the town of Zionsville to be developed into a community park.
With its rich history and farmhouse, along with an impressive array of intact barns and outbuildings, Maplelawn Farmstead drew the interest of the Zionsville Historical Society who, in 2003, formed a subcommittee of concerned individuals to explore the possibility of preserving the farmstead for educational purposes.
In 2004, this committee presented its findings to the Zionsville Parks Board, and was given approval to proceed with forming Maplelawn Farmstead, Inc.- a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and operating a historically recognized museum and related educational programming. Maplelawn Farmstead, Inc. was incorporated in January of 2005; in April of 2006, the organization was granted non-profit 501(c)3 status by the Internal Revenue Service.
In 2011, Maplelawn Farmstead was listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.