Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm
618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter, IN 46304
Phone: (219) 395-1882
Alt Phone: (219) 926-7561
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.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (CST)
Meet a ranger at the Bailly/Chellberg contact station for a quick lesson on using snowshoes and then take a guided snowshoe walk to enjoy the beauty of winter. A limited number of snowshoes are available. If there is not enough snow, a nature hike will be offered instead.
Starting: 10:00 AM
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with pure maple syrup at this year's Maple Sugar Time at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. In addition, to the free ranger-led tours of the sugaring operation at historic Chellberg farm, a pancake breakfast will be available for purchase from the Chesterton Lion's Club. Held the weekends of Marh 5 & 6 and March 12 & 13.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Warm up with an early taste of spring at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's annual Maple Sugar Time. The historic Chellberg Farm will be bustling with the activities of maple sugaring on the weekends of March 5 & 6 and March 12 & 13.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CST)
This special event is a celebration of human life in Northwest Indiana from 1730 to 1830. Demonstrations will interpret the life of early settlers of northern Indiana's wild frontier.
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (CST)
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. (CST). 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.
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. (CST)
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.
11:00 - 4:00 p.m. (CST)
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.
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (CST)
Your neighborhood National Park needs your help. Join others in projects around the park; improving trails, painting buildings, attacking invasive plants, repairing fences and more on the largest hands-on volunteer day on America's public lands.
1:00 - 5:00 p.m (CST)
The Westchester Township History Museum will host its 5th annual History Hunt in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Clues in this Amazing Race-style event, will send participants throughout the National Lakeshore to solve puzzles and complete challenges to get to each historic location. A treat awaits those who complete the hunt.