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Fall Festival






Buckley Fall Festival “Lasting Traditions”
Buckley Homestead                  October 10 & 11, 2015           10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$4 per person, children 7 & younger are FREE

ROAD CLOSINGS: Belshaw Road between Clark Street and Chase Street is closed.  Hendricks Street is open to Festival parking at the visitor center located on Hendricks Street accessible ONLY from Rt. 2.  GPS coordinates: 41.283566,-87.377509. Using the Buckley Homestead mailing address will take you to the wrong location.


Old Time Traditions – Family fun, great food, wonderful entertainment and traditional arts and crafts!  Along the trail to the pioneer cabin reenactors portray military, civilians and artisans of various time periods.  Wood crafters, china painter, spinners, quilters, weavers, and others will demonstrate their skills and may even sell their wares.  The farmers are in the west pasture and Lake County Master Gardeners are in the garden and the root cellar. Taste freshly baked cornbread hot from the wood-burning stove then purchase Deep River stone ground cornmeal to take home and bake your own.  The farm is bustling with activities. What a great way to spend the day.

Entertainment for all (2014 line up - watch for 2015 offerings)

  • Always a pleasure, the good Dr. and Mrs. Quackenbush return with their quick wit and slight-of- hand.
  • The ever popular Coles County Regulators Cowboys roam the countryside looking for bad guys and host the Pony Express riders.  Hey kids, want to be a rider?  Check it out.
  • Susan and Gary Brown entertain with old-fashioned music and dancing at the pioneer farm.
  • Are you feeling especially smart?  Maybe you’ll be able to figure out who’s lying and who is telling the truth on the “Liars Bench.” Every vote counts.
  • Storytellers and music in the schoolhouse

Old-fashioned fun for young and old alike

  • “Sheep Toss” (don’t worry, it’s not a real sheep)
  • “Frying Pan Toss” and “Rolling Pin Toss” (they are real)
  • Pan for Gold with the Gold Miner
  • Pony Express for the kids at the Cowboys camp
  • Hands-on activities for the kids like rope-making, candle dipping, painting, and more
  • Walk on stilts and play in the straw pile where everyone’s a kid

Great treats and hardy meals – Come hungry and eat often.  Sandwiches, baked potatoes with all the fixings, apple dumplings, kettle korn, pierogis, and lots more.

Hayride Shuttle – Take a hayride shuttle around the historic areas of the park for only $1 per person.  Get off the wagon at the pioneer farm and schoolhouse and catch the next shuttle back to the barnyard.  Purchase tickets in the west field.

Historic Locations – Buckley Homestead Main House – Pioneer Log House – One-room schoolhouse – Hired Hands Quarters – Buckley Barn – Woodland Indian Camp

LCPRD Severe Weather Information: This is an outdoor program.  Visitors need to be aware that weather conditions may change necessitating program adjustments.  If weather conditions present a safety hazard it may be necessary to close the event.  Refunds will not be issued. 


Historic Chores for the kids 10:30a.m-Noon & 1:00p.m.-3:30 p.m. (donations appreciated)

Candle Making Main House Back Yard
Mini Broom Making Pioneer Cabin
Painting (for children only) in School Yard
Old Fashioned Dress Up inside School




On-going all day Saturday & Sunday

Egg grading in the east side of the carriage house
Quilting/Tatting near the main house
Soap making in front of the Barn
Root Cellar open and hosted by the Lake County Master Gardeners who are also working in the Main House Garden
Northwest Indiana Storytellers Guild are at School House




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. The farmstead is a short walk along the trail. GPS coordinates: Visitor's Center: 41.283566,-87.377509 Using the Buckley Homestead mailing address will take you to the wrong location.

Please note that pets are not permitted at this special event
For more information, please call 219-769-PARK

Old Time and Traditional Craftsmen should call Megan at 219-947-7275 if interested in a booth

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