Kline Creek Farm

Step back in time to experience life on a working farm in the 1890s at Kline Creek Farm at Timber Ridge Forest Preserve in West Chicago. Stroll through restored farmstead structures and meet the historically costumed interpreters operating this living history farm using the tools and techniques of the past. Activities and events at the farm re-create the seasonal rhythms that have governed farm life for centuries. For the safety of the farm animals, pets are not allowed at the site.

 

Driving Directions

The main entrance is located at 1N600 County Farm Road.

Education Programs 

Kline Creek Farm presents 19th-century farm activities such as baking, canning, planting, harvesting, sheep shearing and ice cutting, through programs designed for individuals, families and school groups. 

Kline Creek Farm's school programs and field trips meet national learning standards, including Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.   

For more information, visit our school programs and teacher resources page or call 630-876-5900.

 

For Scouts and Scout Leaders

Learn more about opportunities for Scouts and other youth groups at our Scout programs page

  

Farmstead

The farmhouse was the center of domestic activities and today contains original artifacts and reproductions that enhance its homelike atmosphere. House tours start on the hour from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and present topics from baking, canning, quilting and spring cleaning to preparing the house for special celebrations.

Depending on the time of year, staff and volunteers plant heirloom fruits and vegetables in the kitchen garden, tend to the orchard, work in the wagon shed or cure sausages in the smoke house. Percheron work horses help plant and harvest crops of corn, oats and other small grains; and resident livestock, such as the farm’s Southdown sheep, Shorthorn cattle, and chickens, occupy the farm’s coop, barn, fold and pastures.

Beekeeping is also a longstanding tradition at Kline Creek Farm. Since 1984 volunteer beekeepers have managed the farmstead’s apiary by caring for the bees, extracting and processing honey, and leading educational programs and tours that focus on the honeybee’s role as primary pollinator for two-thirds of all U.S. crops. The sale of honey at the Timber Ridge Visitor Center helps to support farm programs and operations. 

 

 

Timber Ridge Visitor Center

Inside the Timber Ridge Visitor Center, seasonal exhibits present elements of the 1890s and the agricultural heritage of DuPage County. The center has modern restrooms, a drinking fountain, general forest preserve information and a center store where visitors can purchase beverages and snacks. Unique gifts are also available such as locally produced honey and soaps, Victoriana, children’s toys, games and books.

Our Kline Creek Farm offers programs, camps and house tours year-round. Sign up today!
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