The Bensenville Park District Celebrates the Arrival of Chickens to the Farm
2015 saw the completion of the restorative phase with the work to the oldest barn and brooding house. Now, chickens have arrived to the farm. These are the first steps toward the fulfillment of a grander vision of an accredited museum and a living history farm. You are invited to be part of this effort to enable Fischer Farm to achieve its greatest potential.
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 Complete
Click here for photos of the renovations at the farm.
Click here to download the Restoration Project pamphlet.
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