Bring your family to the Kline Creek Farm and see a blacksmith show how people used to use a hammer and anvil to repair metal tools. Kline Creek Farm is a drop-in time machine, a restored farmstead where demonstrators in period costumes show how a DuPage County farm worked in the 1890s. Watch your kids’ jaws drop when they learn about 19th Century farm chores.
Even more: There are tours of the restored farmhouse, on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with talks on baking, canning and quilting. You can also see cute recently born calves.
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 and Angus cattle, and chickens, occupy the farm’s coop, barn, fold, and pastures.
Details: 1:30-3:30 p.m. first Saturdays of every month at Kline Creek Farm (1N600 County Farm Rd., West Chicago; 630-876-5900, dupageforest.com).
Hours of Operation
The farmstead and visitor center are open Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and select holidays. Admission is always free.