Following in the tradition of naming properties, plantations, etc. after the owners, the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead is named for it's original Owner, Phillip Schick and it's final resident, the Ostolasa family.
The 1860s Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead has been included on the National Register of Historic Places since 2006 for it's significance as an outstanding example of early homesteading in Idaho, and 19th and 20th century farming in the West. It showcases the entire timeline of Idaho agriculture, with one of the older intact houses in Ada Country and the State of Idaho.
Farmstead history is linked to settlement along one one of the early supply roads to the Boise Basin mines. Settlers in the Dry Creek Valley raised crops and livestock on the fertile black soil of the bottomland for miners, the military, and the townspeople in nearby Boise. Nearly 150 years later the Farmstead retains it's rural stetting among the fields of a community-supported organic farm. Along with typical 19the century farm buildings, it hosts a 1900-era garden restoration with roses said to be received long ago from prominent Boise pioneer Julia Davis.
In 2006 the Dry Creek Historical Society got to work and with a lot of hard work from volunteers we were able to give the Farmhouse a major facelift! The last residents, moving out in 2005, were Valentine Ostolasa (daughter of Costan Ostolasa - see Farmstead Past for more information), her nephew Robert Ostolasa and his wife Denise. Robert and Denise often attend events at the Farmstead and he often shares the rich history of the property!
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The front of the Farmhouse in 2006
The front of the Farmhouse in 2019
The back of the Farmhouse in 2004
The back of the Farmhouse in 2018
To learn more about the Farmstead's History, please click on Farmstead Past. For information on what we're doing and plans for the future please click on Farmstead Today. To keep the Farmstead from falling into disrepair we focus on each structure to determine the timeline when the reconstruction will be on the agenda. We recently completed this reconstruction on the Granary, please click below on Granary Project to follow it from start to finish! The Horse Barn and Woodshed are next on the list, check in frequently to follow our progress.