Step Back in Time at Kline Creek Farm

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If you enjoy learning about a time gone by, then visit Kline Creek Farm. Found at the Timber Ridge Forest Preserve, it’s where you can experience life on a 1890s farmstead.

Costumed interpreters bring the land to life, and they only use the tools and techniques of the past. 

There is much to see and do, including:

Learn about Bees

Beekeeping has been a tradition at Kline Creek since 1984. Volunteer beekeepers maintain the farmstead’s apiary by caring for the bees and extracting and processing the honey.

They also lead tours that highlight the honeybees’ role as a primary pollinator for two-thirds of the country’s crops.

Guests can buy the honey at the Timber Ridge Visitor Center. 

Farmhouse Tours 

The farmhouse was once the center of domestic activities. Today, it showcases original artifacts and authentic reproductions that enhance its homey atmosphere.

On the weekends, tours are offered every hour between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The knowledgeable docents answer questions and discuss how the home served as the building block of its rural community. 

Blacksmithing Demonstrations 

Blacksmithing originated in the Iron Age with very crude tools of stone to work the metal after it was heated. At the farm, visitors can stop by the wagon shed to watch as the blacksmith demonstrates the tools and techniques of the trade.

These demonstrations are held most Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sheep Shearing (May 4th)

Attend the annual sheep-shearing event to see how farmers sheared the animals without electricity. You’ll also learn how washed wool became dyed, spun yarn and discover how farmhands trained border collies to herd flocks.

Kline Creek Farm is just one of the fascinating attractions near our apartments in Lombard. To call our vibrant community home, please contact our leasing staff. They’d love to give you a tour where you can see our available floor plans firsthand. 

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