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Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm

Address

618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter, IN 46304

Contact

Phone: (219) 395-1882

Alt Phone: (219) 926-7561

About

These two historic sites sit nearly side-by-side within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Honore Gratien Joseph Bailly de Messein, the first known non-native resident of northwest Indiana, set up a fur trading post here in 1822. The main house has been restored to its 1917 appearance and is open for scheduled tours during the summer. The Bailly Cemetery is a 0.8 mile hike from the homestead.

Events:

Open House at Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm has been added to your travel planner!
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Open House at Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm

Date: Saturday, May 27
Noon - 4:00 p.m. (CT)

Join rangers for an afternoon exploring two of our historic homesteads. Meet at noon in the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot for an informative 90-minute hike to the Bailly Cemetery. Upon returning, explore the interiors of the Chellberg Farmhouse and the historic Bailly Homestead from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.. Learn about early settlers and farmers who came to this region in the 1800s. You can also see the farm animals who have recently returned to the Chellberg Farm.

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Midsummer Celebration

Date: Saturday, June 24
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (CT)

Take part in an afternoon of traditional dance, children's activities and other summer fun as you learn how the area's Swedish immigrants celebrated Midsummer, the longest day of the year. A highlight of the event is the raising of a newly decorated Maypole at 1:15 p.m. (CT). You can bring flowers from home and help in the age-old custom of decorating the Maypole. Enjoy colorfully-costumed performances by a local children's dance group.

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Summer Solstice Evening Concert

Date: Saturday, June 24
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (CT)

Enjoy the end of the longest day of the year with an early evening concert at the historic Chellberg Farm. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and possibly a picnic for your family and friends. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.

 

 

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Organic Gardening Make & Take Workshop

Date: Sunday, July 09
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (CT)

Learn basic organic gardening skills and resources to produce healthy food as well as happy backyard habitats at this workshop merging food production and preparation. Participants will be guided through three recipes to make and take. Please dress in comfortable clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Meet in the Chellberg Farm parking lot. For ages 18 years and older.

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Farm to Tea: Healing Herbs

Date: Sunday, August 13
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (CT)

Learn about the various medicinal properties of herbal garden plants, which herbs to grow, how to dry them in this workshop. You'll discuss the health benefits of tea and create a homemade blend to take home. Please dress in comfortable clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Meet in the Chellberg Farm parking lot. For ages 18 years and older.

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Apples Harvest Festival

Dates: September 16 - September 17, 2017
11:00 - 4:00 p.m. (CT)

Celebrate apples through cooking and preserving demonstrations, traditional music, crafts and activities. Try your hand at an old-fashioned apple cider press before enjoying a free sample.

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Historic Halloween Fun

Date: Saturday, October 28
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (CT)

Join some very "spooky" volunteers at the historic Chellberg Farm as they prepare for Halloween. Watch as cooks use a wood stove to prepare holiday treats and decorate the farmhouse the old-fashioned way. Learn the legend of the "jack-o-lantern" while carving your own pumpkin. There will be a limited number of free pumpkins available at the farm for kids to carve, but assistance from a parent or guardian is required. Then listen to ghost stories, play historic games, color paper jack-o-lanterns, and join in singing holiday songs. Historic Halloween Fun is presented in partnership with the Friends of Indiana Dunes.