John R. Park Homestead Events

A visit to the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area will take you back in time to the 1850s. The house and farm buildings of John and Amelia Park are restored to bring the nineteenth century to life.

Go here for more information about the Homestead. Go here for a downloadable map of the conservation area and driving directions. Contact the Homestead directly by email or phone: 519-738-2029.

Regular event admission fees: $6/adult, $4/child, $20 family maximum. Special events require pre-registration, admission fees vary.

Upcoming Homestead events

Eve of St. Nicholas
Sunday, December 11. 12pm to 4pm

Join the John R. Park Homestead as we celebrate this year’s holiday season in pioneer style with the Eve of St. Nicholas event.

This family-friendly event features the Homestead’s gorgeous homemade holiday decorations, carriage rides (weather permitting), and Santa Claus’ historical counterparts Belsnickel & Ruprecht. Attendees can even get their names on Ruprecht’s nice list via our online registration page at

Other activities include: stringing popcorn, baking gingerbread cookies, making ornaments, and enjoying 19th century toys and games. Homestead volunteer will also demonstrate blacksmithing, textile work, and fireplace cooking. Plus, wassailing at 1, 2, and 3 pm.

Warm up with hot mulled cider and roasted chestnuts, then enjoy some delicious baked goods from the Friends of the Homestead. Finish your Christmas shopping at the Homestead gift shop, featuring hundreds of local handmade goods.

Candlelight Christmas

Tuesday, December 13. 7pm

See the 1842 house decorated with natural materials from forest and farm, craft a traditional ornament, bake on the hearth, and ring the sleigh bells. Costumed guides will take visitors through the house and farm after sundown. Various stops along the way offer guests a seasonal participation experience straight from the days of John and Amelia Park.

$15/person. Pre-registration required. Get your tickets online here.