Way back when….

On July 2, 1921 William G Stevens was issued a homestead claim patent for 320 acres, signed by Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America.

NOW KNOW YE, That there Is, therefore, granted by the UNITED STATES unto the said claimant the tract of Land above described…

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said tract of Land, with the appurtenances thereof, unto the said claimant and to the heirs and assigns of the said claimant forever; subject to any vested and Accrued water rights for mining, agricultural, manufacturing, or other purposes, and there is also reserved to the United States a right of way for the construction of railroads, telegraph and telephone lines in accordance with the Act of March 12, 1914.

A.A. Shonbeck acquired at least 40 acres of the property and sold it to the United States government for $5.05 per acre on July 11, 1935, for the New Deal relocation program.

 Colonists journeyed by steamship from Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin to Seward, and then train to Palmer Alaska.  Much to the Colonists surprise, upon arrival, they were made aware that they would live  in a ‘Tent City’ .  A lottery drawing took place on May 23, 1935, to determine their home sites.

George and Onabel Campbell, along with their two sons, from Mio, Michigan drew Quarter 54 in the lottery drawing.  Each family was assigned 40 or 80 acres to build their home, barn, chicken brooder, outhouse and other out buildings needed for farming.

George Milton Campbell Jr almost 2yrs old The Homestead

Still standing is the original chicken brooder and restored outhouse.  Unfortunately, like many other Colony buildings the Campbell barn has not stood the test of time.  Enjoy a scenic drive around Palmer to see fine examples of 1935 Colony homes and barns – directly across from the Campbell House is a beautifully restored barn!

This charming little home is a unique part of American history!

The Campbell House at Present

The Campbell House, an original 1935 Matanuska Colony house, is conveniently located in the heartland of Palmer, just 45 minutes from Anchorage and near the Alaska State Fairgrounds – home of the world famous giant vegetables!

A stay at the Campbell House is a step back in time with all the comforts of today! Beautifully restored hardwood floors, staircase, columns, historical style windows and many antiques combined with contemporary comforts add up to an unforgettable stay!

Relax the day away in the beautiful Master Bedroom upstairs with a luxurious king size bed and awesome mountain views! Across the hall another delightful bedroom with beautiful hardwood floors and a pair of inviting comfortable twin beds.

A beautifulfully equipped, bright and shiny, new kitchen is ready for you! Whether you love to cook or just use the microwave and fridge ~ it’s all there for you!

Morning coffee in the dining room ~ sunshine and mountains are on the menu!

The living area is as comfy as can be with two leather love seats and leather chair and ottoman, and upholstered occasional chair – lots of options for watching that 40 inch TV after a long day of exploring the magnificent state of Alaska!

The Campbell House in 1935, was without indoor plumbing, but never fear ~ No outhouse!! We had you in mind when we designed this bathroom! A large custom tile walk in shower, a beautiful antique vanity with contemporary glass vessel sink, modern privy and stack washer and dryer to meet all of your needs.

A cozy bedroom with a twin sleigh bed on the main floor is a great option as a quiet space for exploring our many great Alaskan books you will find around the Campbell House!

Alaska has beauty twelve months of the year ~ it’s always a perfect time to visit Palmer and the Campbell House!

Palmer ~ Alaska at it’s Best!

Historic Palmer,  in the shadows of magnificent Pioneer Peak, is a quaint  little town which grew rapidly as a result of the New Deal Act of 1935.  The relocation program was put into action by President Roosevelt to give those in the agricultural or farming industry in the Midwest an opportunity to make their home in the Matanuska Valley.

Palmer is located 42 miles northeast of Anchorage on the scenic Glenn Highway.  Historic downtown Palmer boasts a unique variety of locally owned businesses including art galleries, bookstores, boutiques, home furnishings, clothing stores, coffee shops, restaurants featuring Alaska grown produce, and much more.  Take a walk around our historic district to discover Colony history in the many buildings and homes in the Downtown Palmer area.  The Colony House Museum is a wonderful display of an original 1935-1945 colony home.

Palmer is home to the Alaska State Fair, famous for our world record giant vegetables grown during our long summer days, under the midnight sun! Palmer is the seat of the Matanuska Susitna Borough government and spans 23,000 square miles, about the same size as West Virginia.

Stop by the Palmer Chamber of Commerce and the Palmer Visitor Center for great information and directions to local attractions including the Musk Ox farm, located on a Colony farm, and the Reindeer Farm, beautiful Hatcher Pass and Knik and Matanuska Glaciers!  Whether you want to walk on a glacier, flight-see, take an airboat ride, hike mountain trails, golf, white-water raft, ride ATVs or horses, or sight-see by car or train, it’s all here for you to experience!

Outstanding mountain views, small town friendliness, surrounded by beautiful farmlands – this is what Palmer is all about!


Campbell House owned and operated by Quarter 54 Colony Rentals LLC