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Discover the 1840s at Garfield Farm Museum Camps

    Children of all ages will have a chance to discover what life was like in the 1840s at Garfield Farm during three camps held this summer. The first session runs from July 10th thru July 12th.  The third session runs from July 24th thru 26th. Both sessions are for children ages 8-11 years old. They start at 9am and end at noon each day. The second session is for older children ages 12-15 years old and takes place on July 18th & 19th. It runs from 9am-4pm both days. The cost is $75 per session. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the museum at (630) 584-8485 or
    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 demonstrations 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.
    The Session II Camp for older children is a brand new addition this year. It will include additional activities and more information on the history of the farm and tavern.
    Garfield Farm Museum is a 370 acre historically intact former 1840’s prairie farmstead and teamster inn that volunteers and donors are preserving as an 1840’s living history museum. The museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva, Illinois off ILL Route 38 on Garfield Road.

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