Explore the buildings. Touch the artifacts. Connect with history.
16W680 Grand Avenue
Open to the Public
Admission is free, donations are accepted.
A special thank you to photographers, Kelly Anbach and Rebecca Delgadillo
Fischer Farm is believed to be one of the oldest remaining homesteads in the county. The Fischers established the home around the year 1834. Through the years, the Fischers built barns and a large farm house in 1920. The five acres of land at Fischer Farm is a Bensenville Park District park. The land just north of the cabin has been left untouched and is valued for its original seedbeds. This unchanged landscape is what settlers looked upon when they arrived in the area. Fischer Woods is a rare forest preserve with the remnants of prairie, wetland and woodland ecosystems.
The mission of Fischer Farm, based off of the mission of the Bensenville Park District, is to enhance the quality of life through the preservation of our local and natural history, and through recreational opportunities for all to enjoy. Programs shall promote the awareness of the historical and ecological significance of the site. The Bensenville Park District in partnership with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been working to restore the property and land. We invite you to come and enjoy this piece of history!
Time Traveler Summer Camp
Discover our newest camp at Fischer Farm this summer – Time Travelers, click here for more information
Bensenville Park District Receives Grant for Fischer Farm
The Bensenville Park District has been awarded a $108,200 grant for a restoration project for the Fischer Farm facility located at 16W680 Grand Avenue, Bensenville. The grant, announced June 14, 2014 by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, was among 47 other grants that were awarded to Illinois museums; these museums collectively received $20 million to improve their facilities and develop new exhibits.
Fischer Farm is currently operated by the Bensenville Park District in cooperation with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. The Bensenville Park District plans are to utilize the $108,200 grant to restore a pre-Civil War storage barn and chicken coop on the Fischer property, known to be one of the oldest remaining homesteads in DuPage County. The purpose of the restoration is to protect and preserve the site which is a tangible link to the past and the foundation of the local community.
“Fischer Farm is a treasure of the District”, Vice President Commissioner Tom Earley stated. Read more.
The Restoration Project is Underway
Click here for photos of the renovations at the farm. We will continue to add photos as the restoration work on the barn and brooding house progresses.
Click here for an overview of the restoration project.
There are many ways you can help.
Click here and let us know your interests.
2015 Events at the Farm
Event details will be posted as they become available; click here for Bensenville Park District event information.
8th Annual Quilt Show | April 18 & 19, 10am-3pm
Mollie’s War Lecture | May 16, 1-2:30pm
Civil War Days | June 27 & 28, 10am-3pm
Fischer Farm Radio Days | July 24, 6:30-8pm
Artists & Authors | September 13, 11am-3pm
Heritage Day | October 10, 11am-3pm
Farmside Christmas | December 5, 3-6pm