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The Lake County Parks Department is committed to providing quality parks and open spaces along with many recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities for the use an enjoyment of all Lake County residents and visitors.



Fall Festival





Buckley Fall Festival “Lasting Traditions”
Buckley Homestead                  October 14 & 15, 2017           10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$5 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 – Dr. and Mrs. Quackenbush return with their quick wit and slight-of-hand *Coles County Regulators Cowboys roam the countryside looking for the bad guys and host the Pony Express *Pan for Gold with the Gold Miner *Pony Express Riders *Susan and Gary Brown entertain with old-fashion music and dancing at the pioneer farm *Liars Bench *Storytellers and music in the schoolhouse.

Old-fashioned fun for young and old alike – ‘Sheep Toss’ ‘Frying Pan Toss’ and ‘Rolling Pin Toss’ *Pan for Gold with the Gold Miner *Pony Express for the youngins’ at the Cowboy camp *Handson activities for the kids: farm chore relay race *rope making *candle dipping *and lots more! Come have a good time, where everyone’s a kid.

Great treats and hardy eats Come hungry and eat often! Sandwiches, baked potatoes with all the fixings, apple dumplings, kettle corn, 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 – 1916 Buckley Barn

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

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. 

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