News from Garfield Farm
Children ages eight to eleven years old will have a chance to discover what life was like in the 1840s at Garfield Farm during two three-day camps this summer. The first session runs from Tuesday, July 5th thru Thursday, July 7th and the second runs from Tuesday, August 2nd thru Thursday, August 4th. Both sessions start at 9 am and end at noon each day.
In the mid 1800s, most Americans lived on farms and everyone was needed to help with the daily chores and farm operations. Children were considered a valuable source of labor and would be expected to help out whenever needed. Farming was hard work and families had to make do without many of the simple things that we take for granted today, like electricity and running water.
During the camps, children will experience farm life through guided tours of the museum’s historic barns and 1846 brick inn. They will begin each day by helping to feed the museum’s farm animals. These include rare heritage breeds of chickens, turkeys, geese, sheep, hogs, and oxen.
The children will also take part in hands-on activities and witness demonstrations of everyday activities from the mid 19th century. Possible activities include; blacksmithing, butter churning, candle dipping, carding wool, contra dancing, cooking demonstrations, corn shelling, cutting hay, flailing wheat, vegetable gardening, gathering eggs, old fashioned games, ox driving, scrubbing laundry, shelling beans, soap making, and spinning wool.
Camp registrations must be made in advance. For registration information, contact the museum at (630) 584-8485 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $75 per session. Profits from the camp will go to further the museum’s educational programming.
Garfield Farm Museum is a 370 acre historically intact former 1840s prairie farmstead and teamster inn that volunteers and donors are preserving as an 1840s living history museum. The museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva, Illinois off ILL Route 38 on Garfield Road.