Take a stroll back to the 1890s at Kline Creek Farm

 
Daily Herald report
Posted7/19/2019 6:00 AM

There is a gravel path that serves as something of a time tunnel at Kline Creek Farm near West Chicago.

It starts at the parking lot and modern visitors center. But as you follow it back through the trees and along the footbridge across the creek, you slowly step back in time until you emerge at a farmstead that operates much as it did in the 1890s.

There is a farmhouse surrounded by period-appropriate gardens. There are free-roaming chickens. A blacksmith demonstrates his craft in one of the out buildings. There are horses and cows and sheep. Follow the path farther and you will find the pigs, happy in the shade and slop.

At any point along the way you may bump into a costumed interpreter, happy to tell you about farm life in a century long past.

Nestled in the Timber Ridge Forest Preserve, the farm operated by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County also offers picnic opportunities and even the chance to try some games and activities that entertained kids in the 1890s.

This weekend, for example, farmhouse museum tours will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, blacksmith demonstrations from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday and a program that looks at how farms were powered from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to the working farm at 1N600 County Farm Road is free and the grounds are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. For details, call (630) 876-5900 or visit dupageforest.org.

Seasonal interpreter Jessica Toran shows Hannes Fischer how to walk on stilts during Farmhands Summer Camp at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago.
  Seasonal interpreter Jessica Toran shows Hannes Fischer how to walk on stilts during Farmhands Summer Camp at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Destiny Barrera, left, and her friend Aiyana Morena of Carol Stream, check out the lambs at Kline Creek Farm. Aiyana's grandmother, Eve Pool, took the girls to the farm.
  Destiny Barrera, left, and her friend Aiyana Morena of Carol Stream, check out the lambs at Kline Creek Farm. Aiyana's grandmother, Eve Pool, took the girls to the farm.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
A tree-lined path leads visitors from the modern entrance to the 1890s-style farm.
  A tree-lined path leads visitors from the modern entrance to the 1890s-style farm.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Josiah Fawcett of Winfield fishes 1890s style at Kline Creek Farm. Josiah volunteers as an apprentice one day a week, doing odd jobs and activities at the farm.
  Josiah Fawcett of Winfield fishes 1890s style at Kline Creek Farm. Josiah volunteers as an apprentice one day a week, doing odd jobs and activities at the farm.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Chickens can roam freely at the farm.
  Chickens can roam freely at the farm.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Visitors get a look at some horses at Kline Creek Farm.
  Visitors get a look at some horses at Kline Creek Farm.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago is an 1890s living-history farm.
  Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago is an 1890s living-history farm.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
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