Stellwagen Foundation Offers Autumn Tours of Family Farm

Stellwagen Foundation Offers Autumn Tours of Family Farm
Posted on 08/15/2017

Enjoy the beginning of fall in Orland Park as the Stellwagen Family Farm Foundation hosts a weekend of tours of the historic Stellwagen Family Farm. The Stellwagen Farm has been located at 108th Avenue and Louetta Lane since 1860.

The 2017 tour dates are Thursday, September 21, Friday, September 22, Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, September 24 from 1 to 5 p.m.

"When the Orland Park Open Lands Program acquired the Stellwagen Farm in 2002, we wanted to preserve the actual land while also preserving part of Orland Park's history," said Village Trustee Kathy Fenton, the Village Board's liaison to the Open Lands Commission and the Stellwagen Family Farm Foundation. "These tours give everyone a firsthand look at an important part of Orland Park's past."

Tours include seeing inside the buildings, asking questions of the Stellwagen family and learning about the agricultural heritage of the area and more.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy the newly completed walking and bike path connecting the farm to Eagle Ridge Park, Old Mille and Mission Hills Park, and allowing for a beautiful autumn walk.

"I'm sure people of all ages will enjoy hearing the Stellwagen family history from those who grew up on the farm," Fenton said. "Being able to walk around an actual dairy farm that served the area is pretty neat."

The farm buildings stand after several years of renovation and preservation. The Stellwagen Farm was purchased by the Orland Park Open Lands Program in 2002.

Former Mayor Dan McLaughlin created the village's Open Lands Program in November, 1995 to preserve open space throughout the village. Through its various fundraisers, the Open Lands Commission has preserved hundreds of acres of open space in Orland Park.

For more information, contact the Village of Orland Park Development Services Department at 708-403-5300.