News from Garfield Farm
CAMPTON HILLS, IL-Take time away from that chaotic rush of the holiday season and join us at Garfield Farm on December 5th & 6th for its annual Candlelight Reception at 3-7 pm. Interpreters wearing period clothing will share with guests what life was like for people during the height of the horse and wagon era. There is no charge for the Candlelight event, but donations will be accepted.
The Garfield’s home sat on the junction of the St. Charles-Oregon/Sycamore Roads that was heavily traveled. Utilizing this, they used their house as an inn to accommodate paying guests. At this time most people traveled by horse and wagon. It was a slow process that could take days, as a heavily loaded wagon with good weather could only travel about 15 miles a day. Inns were busy places that offered weary travelers an occasion to take a break from the monotony of their journey. A guest of the Garfields could eat, sleep and most importantly talk to others. News traveled slowly and travelers provided news from far & away or local information, as well as telling entertaining stories. Inns became a center for the community hosting dances, weddings, fundraisers for local clergy, and other local functions.
Following a visit to the 1846 inn, walk up the glowing lantern path to Burr house and enjoy even more, as the museum will feature its Homespun Holiday Market. In its fifth year, the Homespun Market, features local artisans bringing in their goods for the public to purchase. The Market features a variety of crafts, such as knitted ware, pottery, household items, and many others. Held in the museum’s Burr House, the Market runs from 12 to 7 pm for both days of the Candlelight Event. A percentage of the profits made by the artisans are donated to the museum. A bake sale is also featured at the Holiday Market, whose goods are entirely donated by museum volunteers.
There will be refreshments and music by the Scantlin' Reunion in the inn's ballroom. The Candlelight tour offers visitors a chance to meet the volunteers and donors, who are the lifeblood of the farm. The event is a time for those interested in becoming involved, or those who are currently involved, to meet those who already give so much to help sustain the museum and keep it moving forward. The event also benefits the museum’s ongoing efforts to restore the historic buildings and to provide educational programming.
The 370-acre Garfield Farm Museum is the only historically intact former 1840s farmstead and teamster inn being restored by donors and volunteers from 2800 households in 37 states 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.