Sommers Homestead Living History Museum

The Sublette County Historical Society has joined with Albert and Jonita Sommers on an exciting restoration project. Together with the Sommers’ the SCHS will restore the historic Sommers Homestead buildings to preserve them for future interpretation and make them available to the public.

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The goal of the project is to restore several of the homestead buildings to use for display, interpretation and living history demonstrations of 1900-1950 era Sublette County homestead life. We are currently working on a long term development plan so budgets and schedules have not been defined. However, it is our hope that the field location will be open by the summer of 2012 and possibly by the summer of 2011. It will be open to the public several days a week during the summer with some living history events each summer. Foundation and stabilization work will be completed before winter.
In 2010, Albert and Jonita proposed the project to the Historical Society and work has progressed quickly. Albert and Jonita donated several buildings featuring the homestead house and provided an 1 acre easement on the land the buildings are located on. All of the buildings will remain at the Sommers Ranch. Albert and Jonita also donated some seed money to start renovation including enough to do the new foundation and stabilization work on the homestead house is completel. The Historical Society will be doing additional fund raising and will own and operate the buildings in close cooperation with Albert and Jonita. Located about 7 miles south of the Cora Y on the Green River, the Sommers Ranch homestead is located on the Sommers family ranch which was placed under a conservation easement earlier this year so the Homestead will continue to be surrounded by the historic ranch landscape.
Working on the current stabilization of the homestead house, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, are Dubbe-Moulder, historical architects who will help ensure the historical integrity of the building is maintained during renovation, Jim Roscoe is the general contractor and Lemons Movers picked up and moved the house and have now returned it to its new foundation.
The first step in the restoration was to lift the house off its foundation and move it aside so construction crews could repair the crumbling concrete foundation. The crews then did structural restoration repairs on any damaged exterior logs of the house, and moved it back onto its foundation. Work is currently in progress on the restoration of the interior of the home, which requires careful work to maintain the historic integrity of the rooms.
Once restoration is complete, the homestead will have hours in the summer when it will be open to the public. Plans are to have Historical Society staff on hand during those public hours to answer any questions people might have about the site and its history.

Ultimately, the SCHS hopes to have additional structures at the location, including a chicken coop, an ice house, a cellar, a windmill, and a meat storage building, as well as a working garden. Members of the local community are encouraged to become involved in this living history project to learn more and help with demonstrations of how things worked.

The Sommers Homestead Living History Museum is now closed for the season.  Check back for Summer 2015 schedule.

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