Heritage Farm Museum

An early country experience…

In 1843, Charlie Wilbur and his family came from New York and settled across the river from Byron, Illinois. The farm, which is now called Heritage Farm, remained in the Wilbur family for five generations. The Byron Forest Preserve has restored the farm buildings, so that future generations can discover what early country life was about. You can enjoy a free self-guided tour through the grout house. Take a peek in the barns at the local “residents.” A small fee may be charged for guided tours.

School field trips and group tours are encouraged.  Children  and adults can learn how to make cornbread over the fire and “churn” their own butter for it.  Yum!  When in season, groups learn about maple syrup and honey production and bottling too.