A visit to the John R. Park Homestead and 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. Explore the Parks' magnificent Classical Revival home, built in 1842, taste baking from the kitchen fireplace or play with a wooden toy in the children's bedrooms. See the workings of an 1885 steam engine-powered sawmill and stop by the blacksmith shop to witness the making of small hardware and repairing of farm tools at the coal-fired forge.
Don't miss the working smoke house, ice house and barn. For a breath of fresh air, take a scenic walk on the lakeshore boardwalk. Thousands of school children attend field trips here each year for hands-on learning opportunities about pioneer life and the importance of preserving our heritage. The Parade of Horse Breeds, the Blueberry Social and Harvest at the Homestead are just a few of the many special events held each year, so be sure to check out the events calendar to learn more.
Directions: The Homestead is located on the shore of Lake Erie between the towns of Kingsville and Colchester at 915 County Road 50 at Iler Road. Information provided by the Essex Region Conservation Authority website.
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