November 26, 2012 • 09:53:13 p.m.

Candlelight Reception at Garfield Farm

Take time away from the chaotic rush of the holiday season and travel down the country road to Garfield Farm Museum on December 1st & 2nd for its annual Candlelight Reception from 3-7 pm. There is no charge for this event, but donations are most welcome.

The candlelight event has always been one of the most popular events at this 1840s farm and tavern museum. Interpreters wearing period clothing will share with guests what life was like for people during the height of the horse and wagon era. Dulcimer music by the Scantlin Reunion and friends will be played in the ballroom and refreshments will be offered in the inn's dining room.

Following a visit to the 1846 inn, walk up the glowing lantern path to the Burr House and enjoy even more, as the museum will feature a hearthside cooking demonstration. Learn how the early settlers used to cook their food on a hearth and bake their bread in a brick oven. Culinary historian,  Barbara Kuck, has researched and prepared over twenty-three historic recipes for tavern biscuits and cookies. Some of these will be available for tasting and for purchase as part of the museums bake sale.

The 370-acre Garfield Farm Museum is the only historically intact former 1840s Illinois prairie farmstead and teamster inn being restored by donors and volunteers from 3000 households in 37 states as an 1840s working farm museum.

Garfield Farm Museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva, off IL Rt.38 on Garfield Road. For information call (630) 584-8485 or email

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