History

Fischer Farm is believed to be one of the oldest remaining homesteads in the county. The Fischers established their home around the year 1836. Through the years, the Fischer family built barns and then a large farm house in 1919. The land just north of the cabin has been left untouched and is valued for its original seedbeds. This unchanged landscape is what settlers peered upon when they arrived in the area. Fischer Woods is a rare forest preserve with the remnants of prairie, wetland and woodland ecosystems.

The mission of Fischer Farm, based on of the mission of the Bensenville Park District, is to enhance the quality of life through the preservation of local and natural history, and through recreational opportunities for all to enjoy. Programs promote the awareness of the historical and ecological significance of the site. The Bensenville Park District, in partnership with the DuPage County Forest Preserve, has been working to restore the property and land. We invite you to come and enjoy this piece of history!

Present Day

Today, Fischer Farm is used in a variety of ways, all centered around bringing people out and keeping the history of the farm alive. The farm hosts special events, provides tours of the facility, features camps and programs to connect youth to the outdoors, and provides a place for people to host outings and events.

Hours

Monday – Friday Dawn to Dusk
Saturday – Sunday Dawn to Dusk
Special Events Hours Vary

Admission is free, donations are accepted.

Tours

Guided Tours  Book a tour at Fischer Farm to learn about a family who left their mark in Bensenville. Walk back through time as we explore our buildings that date back to 1836 and our grounds that were home to the Native Americans before the Fischers even knew it existed. You will surely leave our museum with wonder and knowledge of the importance of the Fischer family and what they accomplished throughout their time here.

Virtual Tours Book a time to virtually meet and learn about a family who left their mark in Bensenville. We will go back through time as we explore our buildings that date back to 1836 and our grounds that were home to the Native Americans before the Fischers even knew it existed. Similar to our guided tours, this option is dedicated to those who would like to have the Fischer Farm experience from the comfort of their home.

Contact Information

Michael Hayes; CPRP, CPO
Superintendent of Recreation
630-238-4927
mhayes@bvilleparks.org

Fischer Farm
16W680 Grand Avenue View Map & Directions
Fall 2022 Program Guide