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

Lost Arts Festival

Sunday, August 13. Noon to 4pm.

Watch as the Homestead’s resident blacksmith turns raw iron into detailed pieces, learn about native plants and pollinators in the garden, or enjoy a Canada 150-themed architectural tour of the 1842 Park family home. Tours happen at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30pm.

Other demonstrations include beekeeping, butter making, and textile weaving, all of which will give guests the chance to meet the artists and learn how to fit one of these ‘old’ hobbies into modern life. Guests will also get to tap their toes to the old-time tunes of the Essex County Ramblers band.

Visitors can make a day of it and enjoy some fresh fruit and vegetables from the Fruit Wagon, honey from Dresser’s Purest Honey, and a BBQ care of Scotty’s BBQ Catering & Canteen.


Total Eclipse of the Park (Homestead)
Monday, August 21, 2017. 1pm to 3pm (optional Celestial Yoga class starting at 3pm)

Join the John R. Park Homestead to view the partial solar eclipse, happening on Monday, August 21st. Ticket cost includes free eclipse viewing glasses.

Register online at

Activities include:
1:00pm- Introduction and Eclipse Information with ERCA’s Environmental Educator
1:30pm- Activity Stations

  • Big Sun, Small Moon – staff illustrate eclipse; participants can don sun and moon costumes and act out their own eclipse
  • Pinhole Projector – view the eclipse in this unique, old-fashioned way!
  • Time telling and the Sun – make a sundial, learn about the pioneers’ ‘Noon Notch’ and more
  • Shadows and Light – communicate with light signals and have fun with our shadow theatre

2:15pm- Gather along the shore of Lake Erie to experience the maximum eclipse for our area (2:27pm)
3:00pm- Depart, or stay for Celestial Yoga (see description below)

Participants are invited to bring their own camp chairs and picnic blankets to the event. Please no dogs at this event.

Celestial Yoga with Paul Santos- 1 hour class from 3pm – 4pm. Admission by donation. Beginner level.


Harvest & Horses Festival
Sunday, October 1. Noon to 4pm.

Join us as we celebrate the fall harvest season on the farm. Ghost stories in the attic, corn husk crafts, cider and sausage making, seed saving and more. Meet the horses that made harvest possible 200 years ago! Take in the amazing parade of breeds or test your abilities in the blind buggy competition.


Harvest Moon
Tuesday, October 17. 7pm.

An unforgettable autumn evening. Get hands-on in the harvest as you make your own traditional craft, help to press the fresh apple cider and listen to a scary story by candlelight in the 1842 farm house.

$15/person. Pre-registration required. Register online at


Deck the Holidays Workshop
Saturday, November 25. 2 to 4pm.

Ring in the holiday season with a hands-on wreath making workshop using natural materials from the forest and farm. Registration includes all materials and expert instruction, a tasty mug of warm cider or cocoa, and a holiday snack from the Homestead’s hearth.

$20/person. Pre-registration required. Register online at


Eve of St. Nicholas
Sunday, December 10. Noon to 4pm.

See the Homestead in its holiday splendour. The pioneer house and farm are decorated with materials gathered from the farm and forest. Warm up with mulled cider and roasted chestnuts. Meet St. Nicholas’ historic counterparts- Ruprecht and Belsnickel. Check the ‘list’ to see if you have been naughty or nice this year. Make a gingerbread cookie and traditional ornament to take home.


Candlelight Christmas
Tuesday, December 12. 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. Register online at