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.
Regular event admission fees: $6/adult, $4/child, $20 family maximum. Special events require pre-registration, admission fees vary.
Upcoming Homestead events
Friends of the Homestead Yard Sale
Sunday, May 7. 11am to 4pm. (FREE EVENT)
Help the Homestead by donating quality items in advance or coming out and treasure hunting on the day! Treasures old and new. There is something for everyone at this giant sale. Note, no ‘soft’ items like stuffed animals, please. To donate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-738-2029
Lost Arts Festival
Sunday, August 13. Noon to 4pm.
Celebrate summer with the region’s original makers’ faire. See demonstrations of lost arts and visit the voyageur encampment. Stay to enjoy hands-on activities, live music, livestock displays and games for kids.
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.
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 www.harvestmoon2017.eventbrite.ca
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 www.decktheholidaysworkshop2017.eventbrite.ca
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.
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 www.candlelightchristmas2017.eventbrite.ca