Big Piney Learning Center children visit the Sommers Ranch Homestead
by Pinedale Online!
May 24, 2013
Two groups of children from the Big Piney Learning Center visited the Sommers Ranch Homestead historical site for a special pre-season tour on Thursday, May 23rd. The youngsters got to collect eggs, churn butter, ring a call on the old telephone, wash clothes on washboards, learn to throw a cowboy rope and lasso, and playing on the ranch playground. DeeAnn Price had made homemade bread, so when the butter was churned everyone enjoyed a piece of bread with the churned butter and chokecherry jelly, made by Jonita Sommers.
The homestead is managed as a living history site under a cooperative agreement between the Sublette County Historical Society, the Green River Valley Museum, and siblings Jonita and Albert Sommers. Buildings on the site include the 100-year old, two-story log homestead house, a garage, root cellar, barn, meat house, ice house, and bunk house.The homestead will be open to the public during the summer season - June, July and August on Fridays and Saturdays from 10AM to 3PM. Private group tours are welcome on days the homestead is not usually open during the summer and can be arranged by calling the Museum of the Mountain Man, 307-367-4101. Admission is by donation.
Directions: On the East Green River Road, 7.3 miles south from US 191 (turn south at the Cora Y at Trappers Point). From Big Piney, take the East Green River Road north 15.2 miles. The historic site is on the south side of the Sommers Fishing Access Road-County Road 146.