Garfield Farm and Inn Museum

An intact 1840s prairie farmstead and teamster inn that is now a living history museum. Historic buildings and natural areas give students a place to learn about everything from plants, to historic map interpretation and landscaping. Tours, led by guides in period costume, are offered to elementary school groups. Students might see the historic buildings and grounds; explore the prairie, oak savanna, and wetlands; or visit the barns, garden, and animals. These experiences will give them an understanding of Illinois settlement history and agriculture, living conditions in 19th century Illinois, inn keeping, farming, and much more. Reserve early.
 
Contact Info
Address: Garfield Road, LaFox, IL 60147. Kane County. Tel: 630-584-8485. Email: info@garfieldfarm.org. Website: www.garfieldfarm.org. Hrs: Vary by season, & by appointment.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 1st-5th. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 90+ min. Cost: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies, Social Studies, Environmental Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Environmental Science, Social Studies.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Living History Lesson Plan

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned about $15 per month more. ... Continue