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 2017 Tour Season: June through September on Wednesdays & Sundays, 1-4 PM
All other times by appointment year round.  (630) 584-8485
                                               Scout groups welcome! Special classes for badges may be requested.                                               

Printable 2017 Calendar (pdf format - Adobe Acrobat required)

After the Inn & Before the 40 Years
Jan 29 2 pm With the end of innkeeping in the early 1850s, 3 generations of Garfields and /or 3 farm families lived on the farm into the 1960s.
Lecture & Refreshments $6

40 Years of Restoration
Feb 12 2pm A look at the restoration of the buildings at Garfield Farm Museum since 1977. Lecture & Refreshments $6

Natural Area Management Seminar
Feb 25 8:30am-4:30pm Learn how to restore and manage prairie, woodlands, and wetlands. Reservations required. $55 includes lunch

Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar
March 5  1:30pm. Make three grafts of antique apple trees to take home for planting with Dan Bussey, a Seed Savers Exchange orchardist. Reservations required. $35

40 Years of Prairie Restoration
Mar 12 2pm Forty years of steps taken to preserve the land and restore the natural features of Garfield Farm. Lecture & Refreshments $6

Backyard Chickens Workshop
March 19 1pm. Interested in having a small flock of backyard chickens but don’t know where to start? Join staff member Dave Bauer and volunteer Samira Bamberger for an introduction to raising chickens, from incubation to egg collection. Reservations required. $8

“Hands On” Dulcimer Workshop
April 2 Musician Dona Benkert will give introductory instruction on these unique stringed instruments. The 1pm session will cover mountain dulcimers and the 3pm session will cover hammered dulcimers. Reservations required. $25 per session.

Archaeology Spanning Four Decades: An Overview of Accomplishments
April 8  2 pm  Archaeologist Jim Yingst reviews the important role that fourteen years of archaeological investigations have played in the interpretation of the Culbertson and Garfield families’ occupation of the farm. Adults $6/C $3

175th Birthday of the 1842 Barn
April 13 6:30pm Celebrate the oldest building at Garfield Farm as it turns 175 fully restored. Program & Refreshments $10 Adult/$3 youth

Museum Awards Banquet
April  22 6pm–9pm.he 29th annual awards dinner at the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club. Reservations required. $55

Harriet Garfield’s Work Basket
April  23 1pm Museum volunteer Aimee Daramus will present how growing up with east coast resources and then moving 3 days west of Chicago would have impacted resources and trends in needlework $6 adults/$3 children

Woodland Wild Flower Walk
April  29 9:00am. Guided tour the museum’s Harley Pond and Woods Reservations encouraged. $6 adults/$3 children

“Angie of Garfield Farm”: Facts & Fictions
May 7 1:30 pm Author Ann Brack will discuss the life of Angie Garfield, subject of her 2014 book, introducing young people to the farm and the 1840s era.  Lecture & Refreshments $6

40th Anniversary of Garfield Farm Museum
May 12 6:30 pm Celebrate Garfield Heritage Society’s and the museum’s founding 40 years to the day. Lecture & Refreshments $6

Rare Breeds Show
May  21 11am-4pm. Breeders from around the Midwest display rare and historic livestock.  Individual breeders may offer livestock, poultry, and byproducts for sale. $6 adults/$3 children

Prairie Walk
May 27  9am. Guided tour of the prairie. Reservations; $6 adults/$3 children

Drop In Tours
June 4-September 27 1-4pm every Wednesday and Sunday and also open year-round by appointment. Tour the historic farmstead, including the barnyard and 1846 brick tavern. Suggested donation of $4 adults/$3 children.

Medications of the 1840’s
June  4 1pm Museum volunteer Aimee Daramus will discuss the medications, practices, and results (for better or worse!) with how medicine impacted the people along the Fox River in the early years of settlement. $6 adults/$3 children

Early American Farming’s Role in Democracy
June  17 1pm Museum volunteer Judith Broggi will discuss the early American farming tradition of Massachusetts, its contribution to the success of the Revolution, and influence on Illinois history. $6

Prairie Walk
July 1  9am. Guided tour of the prairie. Reservations; $6 adults/$3 children

Settlers’ Contra Dance
July 8 7pm. Celebrate the 1835 arrival of the Culbertsons and the 1841 arrival of the Garfields to the farm with traditional 1840s reels and squares dances in the restored 1842 threshing barn. Live dulcimer and fiddle music with a dance caller and instructor. Reservations $10.

Garfield Farm Camps
July 11-13, 18-20 9am-Noon. Children ages 8-15 will learn about 1840s farm and prairie life. Activities include feeding animals and museum tours. Reservations required. $75 per week

2017 Archaeology Field Session
July 19-23, 26-30 Wed-Sun 8am-4pm. A 2 week session for volunteers to participate in or observe archaeological investigations of the 1830s/1840s log house site. Call or e-mail for registration information.

Antique Tool Show & Sale
Aug  6 9am-1pm. Members of the Midwest Tool Collectors Association and the Early American Industries Association display, trade, and sell antique and collectable tools. $6 adults/$3 children

Prairie Walk
Aug. 19 9am. Tour the prairie with museum staff. Reservations; $6 adults/$3 children

Heirloom Garden Show
Aug 27 11am-4pm. Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs are displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. $6 adults/$3 children

Prairie Walk
Sept 10 9am. Guided tour of the fall prairie. Reservations $6 adults/$3 children

Corn 101
Sept 17  2pm. Museum volunteer Chuck Bauer will give a lecture on the history of corn and how farmers manipulated corn to create the variety we have today. Reservations encouraged. $6

Student Harvest Days
Sept 29 9am-1:30pm. Museum volunteers demonstrate 19th century living to school children. Limited to 600 students. Reservations required. $5

Harvest Days
Oct 1 11:30am-4 pm. Join museum volunteers in this celebration of the season. Continuous demonstrations of farm and household skills, 19th century music, and food.  $6 adults/$3 children

Blacksmithing 101 & 201
Oct 7 Staff member Joseph Coleman’s Blacksmithing 101 lecture and demonstration at 10am and Blacksmithing 201 at 1pm will feature hands-on experience. Reservations required. $8 for 101 and $40 for 201

Barns 101 & 201
Oct  21 Staff member Dave Bauer’s Barns 101 lecture at 10am will provide a general overview and Barns 201 at 1pm will provide a more detail. Both lectures will include a tour of the museum’s barns. Reservations required. $6 per lecture

Volunteer Party
Nov. 12 3-6 pm. For all those who helped out at the farm, a pot-luck with photos and awards makes for a fun evening.

40 Years Preserving Open Space CHAL
Nov 29 7pm Celebrate 40 years to the day Campton Historic Agricultural Lands was founded to own and preserve the museum’s acreage and its impact on the region’s land preservation.

Candlelight at the Inn
Dec 2 & 3 3-7pm. Experience 1840s winter travel and tavern hospitality like travelers to the Garfield's in their 1846 brick inn. Hospitality, refreshments, live music, and a bake sale in the Burr House.. Donations accepted.

For more information about Garfield Farm send an e-mail message to: or call 630/584-8485.

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