Glenview, IL 60026
Plan Your Visit
The Wagner Farm Heritage Center Museum and Main Exhibits are closed, except for registered programming. The grounds remain open for visitation. The gift shop and restrooms inside the Heritage Center are open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Our COVID Safety Protocols
- Hand sanitizing stations available
- Common touchpoints are regularly disinfected
- Face coverings are required at all times
- Limited staff contact by maintaining only minimum basic operations
where history meets education
Take a leap back in time to farm life from decades past. Wagner Farm provides a unique opportunity for families to learn about its heritage. The Heritage Center is home to many exhibits that teach “life on the farm” during early 20th century. Shop at our 1930’s Grocery Store or purchase a souvenir from the Museum Store.
- Learn about livestock and crops
- Attend special events
- Explore the interactive exhibits at the Heritage Center
- Step inside a two-story silo
In 1920, Thomas and Julia Wagner moved their family into a newly built brick house complete with electric lighting and indoor plumbing. One hundred years later you can visit this very house, and surrounding farm to see what it was really like to live in the roaring 20’s.
- Tour the Wagner’s 1920 farmhouse
- Visit the livestock in the Wagner barn and livestock sheds
- Go inside the chicken coop and see if the hens are laying
- See the horses at work
The Historic Wagner Farm represents a historic jewel of the North Shore and the site of the highly-popular Glenview Farmers Market and Historic Wagner Farm Heritage Center. An educational destination for scout troops, schools, daily visits, and birthday parties, the staff at the Wagner Farm continues to design and incorporate fascinating programs and events to provide a taste of local farm life from the past and the important role that farming plays in today’s culture.
This 18.6 historic acre farm is the last remnant of the farm owned by members of the Wagner family since their arrival from Trier, Germany in the 1850s. Wagner Farm was owned by the family until the last surviving member Rose Wagner died in 1997.
Following Rose’s death, a group of local citizens approached the Glenview Park District and asked its leaders to buy and preserve the property. It was their wish for the farm to be maintained as an historic working farm for the education and enjoyment of the community. With citizen support, the park district purchased the farm in 2000.
Serving over 140,000 annual visitors, Wagner Farm has become a prosperous land that gives back to the community through education and it’s plentiful supply of produce.
The park district, assisted by representatives from the community, embarked on a master planning process to set guidelines regarding the future uses and development of the farm. Guided by this master plan, the park district has repaired and restored the barn and farmhouse, added chickens and pigs to the farm’s livestock, and introduced a number of programs and events to allow the public to experience the farm. Aided by the energetic fundraising assistance of the Friends of Wagner Farm, the park district constructed and opened the Historic Wagner Farm Heritage Center Museum in 2006.
Today, the Historic Wagner Farm represents one of the historic and educational jewels of the North Shore community. In 2007, the farm had over 54,000 visitors. Also in 2007, the Historic Wagner Farm became home to the Glenview Farmer’s Market. Popularity of the market grew as a result of its move to the farm drawing over 16,000 customers that first summer. The staff at the Historic Wagner Farm continues to design and incorporate fascinating new programs and events to provide visitors with a taste of farm life from the past and educate them on the important role farming plays in all our lives today.
Due to the historic nature of Wagner Farm as well as active farming operations, the Glenview Park District has adopted specific policies governing still and video photography. Filming and photography permits are now required for any commercial filming and photography including family portraits, wedding photography, any film that will be used in the production of any marketing materials, public service announcements, documentaries, training films, commercials, television films, or series, student films, feature films, or commercial art. Permit fees for professional portraits and candids is $50 per hour plus a refundable security deposit. For more rates, information, and to obtain the required permit, contact Andrea.Just@glenviewparks.org or call 224-521-2204.
we're renovating! new farm adventure area coming in 2020.
The Farm Adventure Area renovation project will be restoring many existing elements and adding new and improved amenities. Located just west of the Heritage Center, children will have even more to enjoy on the property. Completion is to take place in late summer 2020.
You can expect a tractor tire sandbox, climbable corn stalk, and a kid-sized farm stand. The play equipment is farm-themed, allowing kids to interact with a rural environment, and the gardens adjacent to the playscape are ADA-accessible.
- Do some digging in the sandbox
- Swing on a tire
- Climb into a corn crib
- Interact with a life-size dairy cow sculpture
- Pretend to run a farm stand
The new playscape will be located just west of the Heritage Center. Visitors can follow a paved walkway from the Heritage Center to a circular hub that intersects with a path to the playscape and other areas of the farm. Site preparation and initial construction is expected to begin before the first of the year with major completion in late summer 2020.
We have a variety of hands-on programs that work towards or meet certain requirements for scout achievements and badges.
Step back in time with your students to a slice of rural American history with a trip to one of the last working dairy farms in the area.
Again this year, the farm will be offering 30 shares through our CSA program. Interested in learning more?
interactive silo exhibit
Learn all about it at the Historic Wagner Farm’s new interactive and educational silo exhibit inside the Heritage Center. You can:
- Turn the crank of a silage machine and watch “corn plants” delivered to the top
- Learn about the history of silos and silage through informative photos and displays
- Build your own miniature silos of wood, brick and metal using customized building blocks
- Step inside an actual two-story silo
In development for two years, the exhibit was made possible when farm staff rescued a two-story silo artifact that was was being decommissioned from the Sauder Village Museum in Archbold, Ohio.The silo exhibit is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Glenview, IL 60025
Visit the Historic Wagner Farm Museum Store and Cool off with Sweet Treat!
While you’re visiting Historic Wagner Farm, stop by the Museum Store, located in the Heritage Center and pick up a nostalgic souvenir of your visit to Historic Wagner Farm. Featured items include books, t-shirts, postcards and toys. The store is open during the farm’s regular hours of operation.
Sweets & Treats, located inside the Heritage Center, is a charming old-fashioned soda fountain and ice cream parlor. Enjoy historic Homer’s Ice Cream with cones, sundaes, floats and shakes.
Closed for the season!
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