Fall Weekend Hours

Historic Buckley home and other buildings are open weekends in September and October from Noon to 4 p.m.

Visitors will feel like they are experiencing the past when greeted by hosts in period dress who share the time and the spirit of the middle 1800s at the log house and turn-of-the-last-century in the one room schoolhouse. A visit to the Buckley home highlights the original front section built in 1850s as well as later additions like indoor plumbing. When Dennis and Catherine Buckley first settled in Northwest Indiana from Ireland in 1849 they would never have imagined that their farmstead would one day be of interest to visitors more than one hundred and fifty years into the future, but it truly is.


Admission is charged on weekends September through October to help assist in staffing. Fees are $2 Adults, $1 children under 12 or seniors over age 60. "It's a small price to help support such an important heritage."

Prepare for Winter

  • Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29, Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Regular park admission

As the weather turns cool and we think of long winter days, it’s easy to plan trips to the grocery store for food needed for on meals on those cold nights. That was not always possible. Grocery stores were not readily available and currently not as well-stocked. Most of the food for the winter had to be grown and preserved the previous summer. Drying, pickling and putting vegetables and fruit in the cool root cellar were common methods of preservation. Meat was fried, packed in lard, and put I the root cellar too.

Come visit the 1910 farm and pioneer farm to learn how to make sauerkraut and slice pumpkins and/or apples to dry. Park at the Visitors Center and walk the trail enjoying the fall wildflowers as you travel.


Don't forget about the non-reserved hayrides each weekend as well.

Fall Festival

Fall Festival, a wonderful experience of lasting traditions, October 14 and 15.

Leave No Child Inside


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 Route 2 toward Lowell to Hendricks, then south for 1/4 mile to the visitor center parking lot. Note: This is the only parking on the farm. The farmstead is a short walk along the trail. GPS coordinates: Visitor’s Center Parking Lot: 41.283566,-87.377509. Using the Buckley Homestead mailing address will take you to the wrong location.