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Visit the Kilcher Family Homestead: Things To Do in Homer Alaska

Imagine embarking on a journey to the heart of Alaska,

where the rugged wilderness meets the edge of civilization.

A place where the pioneering spirit still thrives and a family's homesteading legacy echoes through generations. 

Grewingk Glacier Kachemak Bay Homer Alaska

Visit the Kilcher Family Homestead from Discover Channel's

Alaska: The Last Frontier

  • Explore the Kilcher Family Homestead Living Museum 

  • Participate in a tour guided by a Kilcher family member.

  • Stay at a cabin located on the Kilcher Family Homestead

  • Discover the contribution the Kilcher family has made to Alaska

Discovering the Kilcher Family Homestead

This is where the untamed wilderness meets civilization's border. It's a place where the adventurous spirit lives on and a family's homesteading heritage carries on for generations.

Welcome to the Kilcher Family Homestead shown in the Discovery Channel show Alaska: The Last Frontier. Here, you'll find adventure, history, and memories that will stay with you forever.

Alaska: The Last Frontier is about the Kilcher family's self-sufficient lifestyle. They live in the Alaskan wilderness without modern amenities. They farm, hunt, and fish to survive. They face challenges like harsh weather and isolation.


The show focuses on them managing their cattle, growing crops, and hunting for food. They have a solid connection to the land and live sustainably.


The Kilcher Homestead is in Fritz Creek, 12 miles from Homer.

The Kilcher family's story begins with Yule Kilcher and his wife Ruth. They started the homestead in the 1940s. Yule was important in Alaska and helped make the state's constitution in 1955. He loved documenting the family's pioneering life. He made the first documentary film about homestead life and showed it in Europe in the 1950s.

Kilcher Homestead Living Museum

Visitors can explore the history of the Kilcher family and the Alaskan wilderness at the Kilcher Homestead Living Museum.  The legacy of Yule and Ruth Kilcher, fresh from Switzerland in the 1940s, lives on here.


The museum displays tools and artifacts used by the family and shows how they lived. They faced challenges while living off the land. It's a unique chance to go back in time. You can walk in the footsteps of these Alaskan pioneers.

The museum showcases the Kilcher's self-sufficient way of life, allowing visitors to observe and understand how this family thrives in harmony with nature.


The experience is enriched by guided tours led by one of the Kilcher siblings. These tours provide an intimate look at the daily routines and survival techniques that are a part of the family's life in Alaska.

These tours provide an intimate look at the daily routines and survival techniques that are a part of the family's life in Alaska.

The Kilcher Family's Impact on Alaska

The Kilcher family has influenced Alaska through their music, fame, and contributions to Alaska state history.

Yule Kilcher, the head of the family, had a big part in creating Alaska's constitution. In the 1950s, Yule showed the family's pioneer lifestyle in a documentary film. Their reality TV series, "Alaska: The Last Frontier," has made their way of life known worldwide. Their determination and strength are an inspiration.

Jewel Kilcher, Atz Kilcher's daughter, is a famous singer-songwriter. She grew up in a musical family, and her success has had a long-lasting impact on the music scene in Alaska. Jewel gained fame with the breakthrough album "Pieces of You" in 1995.

The Kilcher family often participates in the Homer music scene - parts of the family have recently appeared at The Kannery Restaurant on the Sterling Highway, the Down East Saloon on East End Road, and AJ’s Steakhouse in Old Town Homer.  

Accommodations Near
The Kilcher Homestead

To stay close to the Kilcher Homestead and experience nature as they do, search for accommodations in Fritz Creek, Alaska.  

Kilcher Homestead Cabin Rentals


Consider renting a cabin on or near the homestead for a deep immersion in the Kilcher family's lifestyle. 




The Kilcher Family Homestead is a living testament to the pioneering spirit of Alaska. In this place, history, adventure, and breathtaking natural beauty come together in harmony.


From exploring the family's homestead and learning about their self-sufficient lifestyle to participating in hands-on workshops and activities, visiting the Kilcher Homestead offers an unforgettable experience for all ages.


 With the nearby attractions of Homer and Kachemak Bay and comfortable accommodations on or near the homestead, your Alaskan adventure awaits. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore this unique destination and discover the indomitable spirit of the Kilcher family.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is the Kilcher Homestead from  Homer?

The Kilcher Homestead is located 12 miles away from the town of Homer, Alaska.


Do I need a reservation to visit the Kilcher Homestead?

Tours are by appointment only and can be made by calling 907-235-8713.


What are Jewel’s most popular songs?

Jewel's most-played song is"You Were Meant For Me."

Other notable songs from Jewel that have enjoyed widespread popularity include "Foolish Games," "Hands," "Intuition," "Who Will Save Your Soul?," and "Stronger Woman."


How did the Kilcher family’s Swiss heritage influence their homesteading lifestyle?

The skills and knowledge they brought from Switzerland, such as animal husbandry, farming, and a strong work ethic, were crucial in establishing their self-sufficient homestead in the rugged Alaskan environment. This heritage also instilled in them a deep appreciation for the land and resources, fostering a sustainable approach to living that continues with the Kilcher family today.

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