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

Heritage Week – Winter Walk and Maple Talk 
Tuesday, February 20,  9:30am to 11:30am

Celebrate Canadian Heritage Week in this outdoor adventure. Join ERCA education staff for a winter hike (on snowshoes, weather permitting) and a tour of the John R Park Homestead grounds to discover the history and science of maple production. Participants will learn about the winter adaptations of wildlife and get to taste pure maple sugar candy by the warm hearth in the 1842 kitchen.

$7/person. Pre-registration required.

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Maple Syrup Festival

Sunday, March 4. 11am to 4pm

Wear your boots to Essex County’s premier Maple Syrup Festival. Make maple taffy in the snow, and see syrup being made the pioneer way. Pure maple products for sale.

$6/adult, $4/child, $20 family maximum.

Maple March Break for Families
Tuesday, March 13 and Friday, March 16. 1:30 pm sharp

Arrive early, dress warmly and wear boots. Families tour the site with a costumed guide and discover the sweet process of maple syrup and sugar making in the pioneer method. Help carry the sap using pails and a wooden yoke. Try your hand at the brace and bit drill. See the trees tapped and the sap evaporating. Learn the history of this sweet springtime treat as you help to make and taste maple sugar.

$6/adult, $4/child, $20 family maximum.

Maple Moon
Tuesday, March 13. 7-8:30pm

Join us for an old-fashioned sugaring off party! Help collect sap and boil it down by moonlight. Make taffy on the snow, join in the barn dance, linger for star gazing and legends.

$15/person. Pre-registration required.

Register online at

Maple Dinner Fundraiser
Saturday, March 24. 6:00 pm.

Join us at Oxley Estate Winery for a maple-themed dinner. Proceeds from this event go towards the Essex Region Conservation Foundation for cultural heritage to protect and restore the John R. Park Homestead.

Enjoy delectable courses with a taste of maple at every step. Homestead interpreters will be on hand to teach about maple history in the region. Guests can also enjoy maple taffy with an outdoor demonstration by Oxley’s culinary staff.

2018 Menu Coming Soon!

To reserve a seat at the event, contact Oxley Estate at 519-738-3264.