Kline Creek Farm
Step back in time to experience life on a working farm in the 1890s at Kline Creek Farm.
Kline Creek Farm is open Thursday – Monday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and select holidays. There's a suggested admission donation of $5 per person ages 3 and up.
The surrounding Timber Ridge Forest Preserve is open daily one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset.
Dogs are not allowed at the farm, and alcohol is prohibited. Read our complete rules and regulations.
Plan Your Visit
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.
The farmhouse 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 Cotswold's sheep, Shorthorn cattle, and chickens, occupy the farm’s coop, barn, fold, and pastures.
Beekeeping is also a longstanding tradition at Kline Creek Farm. Volunteer beekeepers manage the 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.
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 informatio,n 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.
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.
Its school programs and field trips meet national learning standards, including Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The farm also offers programs for Scouts and other youth groups.
Volunteers assist our heritage interpreters teach about life on a DuPage County farm during the late 19th century.
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