Garfield Farm and Inn Museum

An intact 1840s prairie farmstead and teamster inn that is now a living history museum. Historic buildings and natural areas give students a place to learn about everything from plants, to historic map interpretation and landscaping. Tours, led by guides in period costume, are offered by reservation to groups. Groups might see the historic buildings and grounds; explore the prairie, oak savanna, and wetlands; or visit the barns, garden, and animals. These experiences will give them an understanding of Illinois settlement history and agriculture, living conditions in 19th century Illinois, inn keeping, farming, and much more.
Contact Info
Address: Garfield Road, LaFox, IL 60147. Kane County. Tel: 630-584-8485. Email: Website: Hrs: Vary by season, & by appointment.
Trip Info
Grade Level: 1st-5th. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 90+ min. Cost: Fee.

Living History Centers Fun Facts

American breakfast wasn’t always bacon, eggs, and orange juice. In colonial times, the typical child would eat a breakfast of cornmeal mush that had been cooked all night over embers.

Campers will have fun learning about the seasonal tasks and the way of life at colonial interpretive farms, villages and forts. Many have costumed guides who campers can observe to learn how children and adults lived. Many offer hands on activities such as candle making, ice-cream making, churning butter, quilting and more.

Campers can record how long various tasks took, and compare them to how long these tasks take to complete today.