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 vegetables in the kitchen garden, milk the cows, tend to the orchard, work in the wagon shed, or harvest ice from Timber Lake.
Percheron work horses help plant and harvest crops of corn, oats, and potatoes. Kline Creek Farm manages a heritage livestock conservation breeding program, maintaining a flock of Cotswold sheep and Heritage Milking Shorthorn cattle. Eggs from our heritage-breed chickens are sold in the visitor center.
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 information, and a center store where visitors can purchase beverages, snacks, and farm-fresh eggs. Unique gifts are also available, such as locally-produced honey and soaps, Victoriana, children’s toys and games.