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The Lake County Parks Department is committed to providing quality parks and open spaces along with many recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities for the use an enjoyment of all Lake County residents and visitors.

 

 

Buckley Homestead Fall Hours

Historic Buckley home and other buildings open weekends in September and October noon to 4

Visitors will feel like they are experiencing the past when greeted by hosts in period dress who share the time and the spirit of the middle 1800s at the log house and turn-of-the-last-century in the one room schoolhouse.  A visit to the Buckley home highlights the original front section built in 1850s as well as later additions like indoor plumbing.  When Dennis and Catherine Buckley first settled in Northwest Indiana from Ireland in 1849 they would never have imagined that their farmstead would one day be of interest to visitors more than one hundred and fifty years into the future, but it truly is.

Admission is charged on weekends September through October to help assist in staffing.  Fees are $2 Adults, $1 children under 12 or seniors over age 60.  "It's a small price to help support such an important heritage."  Note:  Buckley Fall Fest is held on October 14 & 15, 2016.  It has a different admission fee.


Prepare for Winter
Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29       Noon-4
Regular park admission

As the weather turns cool and we think of long winter days, it’s easy to plan trips to the grocery store for food needed for on meals on those cold nights. That was not always possible. Grocery stores were not readily available and currently not as well-stocked. Most of the food for the winter had to be grown and preserved the previous summer. Drying, pickling and putting vegetables and fruit in the cool root cellar were common methods of preservation. Meat was fried, packed in lard, and put I the root cellar too.
Come visit the 1910 farm and pioneer farm to learn how to make sauerkraut and slice pumpkins and/or apples to dry. Park at the Visitors Center and walk the trail enjoying the fall wildflowers as you travel.


 

Don't forget about the non-reserved hayrides each weekend as well

Fall Festival, a wonderful experience of lasting traditions, Oct 14 &15

Buckley Homestead is located 4.5 miles west of Interstate 65 just south of Route 2 on Hendricks Road in Lowell.  Exit I-65 west at Rt. 2 toward Lowell to Hendricks, then south for 1/4 mile to the visitor center parking lot.  Note:  This is the only parking on the farm.  The farmstead is a short walk along the trail. GPS coordinates: Visitor’s Center Parking Lot: 41.283566,-87.377509.  Using the Buckley Homestead mailing address will take you to the wrong location


For reservations and more information about the Lake County Parks Call 219-769-PARK
Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm Central Time (Chicago Time)

Lake County Parks and Recreation Department Corporate Office
8411 East Lincoln Highway, Crown Point, Indiana 46307
Just west of Deep River WaterparK 4.5 miles east of I-65 on Route 30