Heritage Farm’s shiny new wheels allow for a ride back in time

Heritage Farm Wagon
      The new hayrack style wagon transports visitors through Heritage Farm.
Horses with Heritage Farm Wagon
Staff and volunteers guide the horses through Heritage Farm.

Visitors to Volkening Heritage Farm can now travel back to the 1880s in style.

The Schaumburg Park Foundation purchased a beautiful, new hay rack style wagon for Spring Valley’s 1880s living history farm located at 201 S. Plum Grove Road. The wagon showcases the Farm’s daily happenings, building and animals on tours. Trained guides provide different insights on late 19th century farm life to history hungry visitors on the ride.

“Spring Valley has never had something like this,” said Pat Casler, executive vice president of the Schaumburg Park Foundation. “Visitors are able to travel around Heritage Farm in wheels similar to those of Schaumburg’s earliest residents.”

This popular type of wagon made of yellow poplar and white oak was constructed in Kansas. The 14 feet by 6 feet vehicle comfortably seats 12 individuals of all ages and is equipped with a modern safety brake and rubber tires, allowing for a smoother ride. The wagon is guided by trained volunteers and staff and driven by Prince and Duke, two black Percheron draft horses. Both are earlier contributions to the Farm from the Foundation. The pair was trained for the rides by going on walks three days each week with the wagon so they would be better accustomed to hauling visitors.

“Horse drawn wagons helped people of the late 19th century and early 20th century travel to and from with ease,” said Farm Operations Coordinator Evan Zimmerman. “The new wagon allows riders to experience another element of early life in Schaumburg.”

The wagon is used for the Farm’s programs, private rentals and a series of new wagon rides.

This past summer, Spring Valley offered 15-minute horse drawn wagon rides through Heritage Farm. Tours featured information about the farm, animals and history of Schaumburg’s farm families.

The Schaumburg Park Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information, call 847/985-2102.