Our Traditional Crafts Village showcases a community of craftsmen who have returned, not to the past, but to the enduring values exemplified in handcraftsmanship. True craft requires more than skill: it expresses the craftsmen’s care and concern, their personal investment in everything they do. You can visit the shops of our crafts village, watch our craftsmen work, even attend classes to learn craft skills and, in all this, experience with our craftsmen the joy and fulfillment of returning to craft, the art of work.

Open year-round, Monday through Saturday—10 A.M. to 6 P.M.

Homestead Heritage Visitors Center

Our Visitors Center stands just inside the entrance at Brazos de Dios, our 510-acre homesteading community. At the log cabin Visitors Center you’ll find information about our seasonal activities and special events as well as the various craft courses and teaching seminars we offer throughout the year.

The Homestead Heritage Visitors Center also houses our Cafe Homestead, which features daily lunch specials, smoked barbecued brisket, deli-style sandwiches made with our original whole wheat breads and real homemade ice cream. Sample fresh-baked desserts, such as homemade pies, pastries, cookies and doughnuts or take home a loaf of delicious, homemade, whole grain bread, baked daily. Try our wood-fired brick oven breads.

The Barn

Originally built by Dutch settlers in northern New Jersey during the early 1800’s, our restored barn now showcases the work of our community craftsmen here at Brazos de Dios. This two-story Dutch-English structure stands as a unique testimony to barn architecture—its 200-year-old chestnut and oak frame still secured with the original hand-cut mortise and tenon joints, locked in place by oak pegs.

Inside you’ll find our handcrafted furniture and accessories plus hundreds of one-of-a-kind heirloom gift items—pottery, wrought iron, quilts, handmade brooms and baskets, mesquite shepherd’s lamps, wooden cutting boards and spoons, oil lamps, beeswax candles, natural soaps, needlework, original watercolors, cards, children’s storybooks and homesteading how-to’s as well as Homestead Farms specialty foods and Homestead Gristmill Baking Mixes.