Since 1973, local preservation groups, state historical societies, and business and civic organizations across the country celebrate Historic Preservation Month through events and activities that promote historic places and heritage tourism, and that demonstrate the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.
Celebrate our local history and historic sites! Every weekend in May we will be showcasing Spring Valley's historic sites with activities and demonstrations. Stop on by and see what's new! No registration is necessary.
Sat. & Sun., May 6 & 7, 7-8:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what the animals do at night or what the farmhouse looks like by candlelight? Visit Heritage Farm after hours and explore the site under the light of the moon.
Sat. & Sun., May 13 & 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Sears Roebuck or Montgomery Ward catalogues were filled with every tool, utensil and implement you can think of. Explore the farm and find out how much some of the common items you see on display originally cost.
Sat. & Sun., May 20 & 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
When German immigrants arrived to America they brought a trunk full of their most precious items. What would you bring? Visit the farm this weekend and see our own original immigrant trunk filled with family treasures.
Sat. & Sun., May 27 & 28, 6-8 p.m. (time updated on 5/4/2023)
Get a unique glimpse into the 1920s this weekend by visiting Merkle Cabin, built in 1927 by John Redeker as part of his peony farm. Dressed interpreters will be on hand to answer questions about the cabin and peony farm and show you how to create a crepe paper flower. The peonies should be starting to bloom as well! A limited supply of peony roots will also be available for sale.