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Check Out Garfield Farm Museum's 2013 Calendar

CAMPTON HILLS IL: There's something for everyone in Garfield Farm Museum's 2013 Calendar.  As always, the museum strives to educate the public about its three main themes of history, farming, and the environment through guided tours, lectures, prairie walks, and other special events.

    The calendar starts off with the annual Natural Area Management Seminar on February 16th.  The always popular Antique Apple Grafting Seminar will be held on March 3rd. In April, those with an interest in period music can attend "hands on” workshops on Dulcimers, a very unique type of stringed instrument, on the 7th and 21st. Those interested in a spring walk through the woods, should sign up for the woodland flower walk on April 14th.  The museum hold's one of its most popular events, the annual Rare Breed Show on May 19th. The show stresses the need to preserve rare domesticated animals and features a wide variety of animals exhibited by members of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

    The summer offers a number of great opportunities to visit the farm. Walk-in tours will start up again in June on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons. In June, visitors can also check out various period demonstrations at the museum's 1840's Day event, now in its 5th year. The museum will hold three day farm camps in June and July, offering children a chance to experience farm life in the 19th century. Check out the museum's website for more details. August will be a busy month. The Antique Tool Show on August 4th features thousands of tools for sale by members of both the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association and the Early American Industries Association. In mid August, the first of two archaeological excavations for the year will take place on the farm. Let the museum know if any one would like to observe or help out. The Heirloom Garden Show on August 25th gives the garden enthusiast the occasion to purchase produce and seeds from local gardeners and members of the Seed Saver Exchange.

    In the fall, there will be lectures on blacksmithing, historic barns, and the history and development of corn. There will also be another archaeological excavation in mid September. Harvest Days on October 6th will be celebrating 32 years this season. The always-popular event demonstrates activities that took place during the fall season on an 1840's farm. On December 7th & 8th, the Candlelight Reception will show how the Garfield's tavern appeared to the weary traveler during a winter evening. Visitors will also have a chance to check out some hearthside cooking at the museum's Atwell Burr House. The museum offers guided tours year round by appointment or on Wednesday and Sundays, June through September from 1-4 pm. Tours include the 1846 inn, the historic barns and livestock and gardens upon request.

    To obtain a calendar of events, contact the museum at (630) 584-8485 or The calendar is also posted on the website at Garfield Farm is a 370-acre historically intact former 1840s Illinois prairie farmstead and teamster inn that is being restored by donors and volunteers from 37 states as an 1840s working farm museum. Garfield Farm is 5 miles west of Geneva, IL off Ill Rt. 38 on Garfield Road.

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