2019 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.
Native Plant Seminar
Feb 16 8:30am-4:30pm From garden to field, learn how to restore and manage prairie, woodlands, and wetlands. Reservations required. $50 includes lunch
Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar
March 3 1:30pm. Make three grafts of antique apple trees to take home for planting with Dan Bussey, national expert orchardist and author. Reservations required. $30
Controlled Woodland & Prairie BurnsMarch thru April Call for Conditions Dependent Schedule. See or participate in control of natural restoration burns.
Museum Awards Banquet
April 13 6pmĖ9pm. Our annual awards dinner at the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club. Reservations required. $55
Woodland Wild Flower Walk
April 27 9:00 am. Tour the museumís Harley Pond and Woods with staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Stewardship Grant restoration results featured. Reservations encouraged. $6
Farm To Rails
April 28 2 pm. Join Ken Carlson for a talk on how the railroad impacted northeast Illinois. $6
May 4 TBD
Join Julia Bizub on the process of sheep to shawl with a hands on experience.
Rare Breeds Show
May 19 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 under 13.
June 1 TBD
2-September 29 1-4pm every Wednesday and Sunday and
open year-round by appointment. Tour the historic
farmstead, including the barnyard and 1846 brick tavern.
Suggested donation of $4 adults/$3children
Archaeology Field Session
June 11-15, 18-22 Tue-Sat 8:30 am-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.
June 30 9am. -Noon. Tour the prairie with museum staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Reservations encouraged. $6
Settlerís Eve Dance
July 6 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. Homemade pies available.
Garfield Farm Camps
July 9-11 & 23-25 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
July 9-13, 16-20 Tue-Sat 8:30 am-4pm. Volunteers participate in or observe archaeological investigations of the 1830s /1840s log house site. Call or e-mail for registration information.
Antique Tool Show & Sale
4 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 under 13.
Aug 6-10, 12-17 Tue-Sat 8:30 am-4pm. Volunteers participate in or observe archaeological investigations of the 1830s /1840s log house site. Call or e-mail for registration information.
Heirloom Garden Show
Aug 25 11am-4pm. Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs are displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. $6 adults/$3 children under 13.
Sept 8 9am. Tour the prairie with museum staff to learn about the native environment and Illinois ecosystems. Reservations encouraged. $6
Sept 15 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
Oct 4 9am-1:30pm. Museum volunteers demonstrate 19th century living to school children. Limited to 500 students. Reservations required. $5
Oct 6 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 under 13.
Blacksmithing 101 & 201
Oct 12 Staff member Joseph Colemanís 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 19 Staff member Dave Bauerís Barns 101 lecture at 10 am will provide a general overview and Barns 201 at 1pm will provide a more detail. Both lectures will include a tour of the museumís barns. Reservations required. $6 per lecture
Nov. 10 3-6 pm. For all those who helped at the farm, a potluck with photos and awards makes for a fun evening.
Candlelight at the Inn
Dec 7 & 8 3-7pm. Experience the tradition of winter visits as practiced by families like the Garfield's in their 1846 brick inn. Hospitality, food, music, and a bake sale. Donations accepted.
For more information about Garfield Farm send an e-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630/584-8485.
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