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

Time Travel Morning
Friday, June 10. 10am to 12pm.

Spend the day going back in time! This program, for children and their adults, offers a hands-on, entertaining and educational experience at the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area. Participants will enjoy a variety of pioneer experiences, an old-time snack and will make a souvenir to take home.

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


Lost Arts Festival
Sunday, August 7. 12pm to 4pm.

Celebrate summer with a visit to the Essex 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 2. 12pm to 4pm.

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! Enjoy the parade of breeds and a BBQ lunch.


Harvest Moon
Saturday, November 5. 7pm.

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

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


Deck the Holidays Workshop
Saturday, November 26. 2pm.

Ring in the holiday season with a hands-on wreath making workshop using natural materials from the forest and farm. Registration fee 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. Get your tickets online here.


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

See the Homestead in its holiday splendour. The pioneer house and grounds 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 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.