The origins of this historic park began in 1914 when the Boothe Brothers opened a museum in a hay barn in order to offer visitors the chance to view their many antique collections. Over time, they expanded the site, and in 1929 they began to transform the farm into a museum complex. Additional buildings were added in the next few of decades. The park was deeded to the city after the brothers died in 1949. In the 1980s, museums grew in popularity and this complex and park grew rapidly and developed into what it has become.