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Travel Back in Time at Garfield Farm Museum’s Harvest Days

CAMPTON HILLS-    On Sunday, October 7th from 11:30am-4:00pm, visitors can step back in time and discover life before modern technology at Garfield Farm Museum’ 31st annual Harvest Days.
     Harvest Days provides children and adults alike with the opportunity to learn about the realities of our rural heritage. The historic demonstrations remind us of the incredible amount of effort it took to survive in a non-mechanized world. As wheat is run through the fanning mill, children can see firsthand how the grain that made the mid-west so important, was processed in the 19th century. Fall was the time to harvest the bounty of the orchard, and apples were a versatile and important crop. The flash of red and clatter of gears, the sweet fragrance that arises as the apples are crushed, and the golden brown cider flowing into the bucket capture the attention of young and old alike at the cider pressing demonstration.

     The demonstrations of 1840s household and farm skills at Harvest Days stimulate the minds of the young and the old. Their imaginations are catered to by the words and tall tales of Reid Miller, Teller of Tall Tales, whose traditional yarns and songs fit the historic setting of Garfield Farm.

     Visitors can watch an archaeological excavation near the site of the original log cabin built in 1835 and help screen the soil for evidence of the Culbertson and Garfield families that once lived there. The excavation will be conducted by Jim Yingst from the Heartland Archaeological Research Program.
     Tours of the 1846 brick inn will be ongoing. Tavern tours often spark conversations between grandparent and child as grandparents recall their childhood visits to family farms. Children will delight in seeing the museum’s farm animals. These include mostly rare heritage breeds of chickens, turkeys, sheep, hogs, and oxen. Tours of the museum’s prairie reconnect visitors to nature and its resilience, as the last prairie flowers bloom and go to seed.

     A bake sale will be held and refreshments offered in the museum’s visitor’s center, the Atwell Burr House. Donations for Harvest Days are $6 for adults and $3 for children under twelve.
     Garfield Farm Museum is the only historically intact former 1840s Illinois prairie farmstead and teamster inn being restored by donors and volunteers as an 1840s working farm museum. Garfield Farm Museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva, IL off ILL Rt.38 on Garfield Road. For information, call (630) 584-8485 or email

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