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Explore How Ice Was Harvested in the 1890s at Kline Creek Farm's 'Ice Harvest' Jan. 27 ‒ 29

(Jan. 10, 2017) — Visitors are invited to discover how ice was harvested the old-fashioned way during the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s “Ice Harvest” Jan. 27 ‒ 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm at 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. Due to the recent warm temperatures, ice cutting demonstrations will not be performed on Timber Lake. 

Visitors will get a glimpse into how families kept food cold before electricity and mechanical refrigeration with big ice blocks that were stacked and insulated to allow the blocks to stay frozen for months — without electricity. Kline Creek Farm staff and volunteers will be on hand to show some of the tools and equipment used and to talk about ice cutting and the importance of ice on a farm in the 1890s. Registration is not needed for the free program. 

“Kline Creek Farm is one of the few places in Chicagoland that cuts and stores ice the old-fashioned way,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6.

“For many visitors, seeing the labor required during the coldest time of the year to make sure foods remained chilled through the hottest is a real eye-opener,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.

In addition to “Ice Harvest,” Kline Creek Farm will offer smaller ice-cutting demonstrations Feb. 4, weather permitting, at the District’s free “Wonders of Winter” event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate at 1717 W. 31st Street in Oak Brook.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube pages.

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Deb Humiston, Communications & Marketing
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