Enjoy an Independence Day celebration as Americans celebrated it in the 1860s. Visit Homestead Prairie Farm at Rock Springs Conservation Area for Independence Day 1860 on Saturday, June 24 from 1-4pm. All activities are free. No registration required.
All ages are invited to tour Homestead Prairie Farm, try old-time games and toys, and to learn about archaeology and view a display of archaeological artifacts.
At 2pm, enjoy a performance from the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band.
Picnic lunches are welcome. Tables and benches are provided, or you may bring a picnic blanket to spread on the lawn. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to the event. There is plenty of shade in the yard area to enjoy the concert and festivities.
“This event is a fun opportunity for all ages to explore life in the 1860s and enjoy a day outside,” says Brent Wielt, Historic Sites Manager. “In case of inclement weather, we’ll move the concert inside Rock Springs Nature Center.”
Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur.
To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road.
Watch for signs. Plenty of parking is available.