1842 Barn

The Garfield Farm and Inn Museum in Campton Hills, IL, is a Registered Historic Place in Kane County, Illinois.

The property is a 375-acre farmstead, centered on an inn that served teamsters and the nearby community during the 1840s. It is currently a museum offering a variety of educational and entertainment events. The buildings that remain are three original 1840s structures, including the 1842 hay and grain barn, the 1849 horse barn, and the 1846 inn. Various other barns and outbuildings also stand, the last dated to 1906.

Garfield Farm & Tavern Museum is the only historically intact Illinois prairie farmstead and former teamsters’ inn being restored by donors and volunteers from over 3,000 households in 37 states as an 1840s living history farm and inn museum.

The museum offers a variety of educational, family, and entertainment events. Seminars are held on such topics as prairie, woodlands, and wetlands management; bat and blue bird box construction; and fruit tree grafting. Specials shows bring rare breed livestock, heirloom garden products and seeds, and collections of antique farm tools. Prairie walks are conducted monthly. And there are social events like barn dances and a candlelight tavern reception at the Inn in December.

Garfield Farm Museum

Garfield Farm and Inn Museum, an 1840’s prairie farmstead and inn 40 miles west of Chicago, is being restored as a working farm museum. Garfield Farm offers tours of its historic buildings and prairie natural areas as well as special events featuring rare breeds livestock, antique tools, heirloom plants, and pioneer crafts.

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