2018 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.
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Natural Area Management Seminar
Feb 17 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 4 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
Why Wait Until Fall for Food Preservation
March 18 1:00pm. Get a jump on food preservation before fall comes with Vicki Nowicki. Reservations required. $8
March 24 Volunteer Samira Bamberger will give a lecture on animal domestication at 1pm and a more in-depth look at 3pm. A tour of the museumís heritage livestock is included. $6 per lecture
Ginger Ale Making
April 8 3pm. Learn how to make healthy probiotic ginger ale with Debbie Rock. Bring a plastic bottle and jar with lids to take home a sample and culture. Reservations required. $20
Museum Awards Banquet
April 14 6pmĖ9pm. Our annual awards dinner at the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club. Reservations required. $55
Woodland Wild Flower Walk
April 21 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
ďHands OnĒ Dulcimer Workshop
April 22 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
Apr 28 1pm. Interested in having a small flock of backyard chickens but donít 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 preferred. $6
Rare Breeds Show
May 20 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 3-September 30 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/$3 children or free for members
Archaeology Field Session I
June 12-16, 19-23 Tue-Sat 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.
July 4 9am. -Noon. Tour the prairie with museum staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Reservations encouraged. $6
Borrow a Seed, Return a Seed
July 15 1pm. How do you return a seed from a seed library? Learn how to preserve seeds and to work with seed libraries with Vicki Nowicki $6 adults/$3 children under 13.
Settlerís Eve Dance
July 7 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 10-12, 24-26 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
Antique Tool Show & Sale
Aug 5 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.
Heirloom Garden Show
Aug 26 11am-4pm. Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs are displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. $6 adults/$3 children under 13.
Sept 9 9am. Tour the prairie with museum staff to learn about the native environment and Illinois ecosystems. Reservations encouraged. $6
Sept 16 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 5 9am-1:30pm. Museum volunteers demonstrate 19th century living to schoolchildren. Limited to 600 students. Reservations required. $5
Oct 7 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 13 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 20 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. 11 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 1 & 2 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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