the Moon randolph Homestead
Tucked behind the City's North Hills, the Moon-Randolph Homestead is Missoula's public homestead. Visitors to the Homestead can experience the remnants of a century's worth of small scale, subsistence agriculture in Western Montana. Witness the 125-year old apple orchard, a rehabilitated 1890s claim shack, worn farm implements left to rust under a locust tree, and abandoned jars and bottles left in the Randolph family root cellar.
Today, the Homestead is managed by both City Parks and Recreation and the North Missoula Community Development Corporation, as well as caretakers who live on site year-round. More than a century since this small farm was proved up, chickens continue to lay eggs in original nesting boxes in the old chicken coop, pigs range on the open pastures, century-old trees drop small, rare varieties of apples from their tangled crowns. Visit the Homestead to explore a rare piece of Montana history.