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(Aug. 23, 2016) — Explore life on a dairy farm in the early 1900s at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s “St. James Farm Dairy Day,” a free, all-ages event that runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Visitors can participate in a dairy-themed scavenger hunt, win delicious ice cream, try milking Maggie the Milking Cow, see a live cow and explore a hay maze. Guided covered wagon rides along part of the “milk and newspaper run” of the former CA&E Railroad route will highlight the history of dairy farming in the region.

A costumed interpreter portraying Marion McCormick, who purchased the property with her husband, Chauncey, in 1926, will share stories from the farm’s early days and explain how St. James Farm set the benchmark for dairy farms throughout the Midwest for the better part of two decades. To support their growing, award-winning herd of Guernsey cows, the McCormicks built a state-of-the art dairy barn with roomy stalls and assorted outbuildings.

“There’s something for everyone at the beautiful country retreat of St. James Farm,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6. “‘Dairy Day’ is a great hands-on opportunity for people of all ages.”

Steeped in history, St. James Farm has one of the last gabled-roof-and-wing farmhouses in DuPage County. It also features a massive wood-planked German-style barn with cantilevered floors.

“St. James Farm features fantastic artwork, educational programs and a rich history for all to cherish and enjoy,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.

The main entrance to St. James Farm is on Winfield Road 0.25 miles north of Butterfield Road in Warrenville. For more information, call 630-580-7025.

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