Tour Crab Tree Farm in all its Glory


Enjoy an Unforgettable Autumn Stroll!

Join us Saturday September 26, at 10 am or 1 pm for an outdoor tour of Crab Tree Farm

This self-guided tour highlights the art, architecture, and landscape design of Crab Tree Farm, a beloved and historic part of the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff community.

For your convenience, a digital map will be provided to guide you to designated markers with QR codes along your route as you explore the property. Using your camera app on your phone or iPad, simply scan the code to learn more about where you’re standing and what you’re viewing. You’ll be surprised at how much there is to learn!

History Center docents and volunteers will be available at certain points to guide you and answer questions.

Please note that for the safety of yourself and others, this tour will be almost entirely outside – the Lodge, which features the Arts and Crafts style furniture of Gustav Stickley, will be available for a walk-through.

Come enjoy a beautiful bucolic outing with the swans, cows, chickens, and other farm friends that call this place home.

Crab Tree Farm circa 1910

Architect Solon Beman designed and built Crab Tree Farm in 1910, after fire destroyed the original farm buildings. It was designed as a model dairy farm for Grace Durand, a successful businesswoman who was trained in agricultural science and well known for her modern methods of dairy farming. The farm buildings have undergone extensive renovation since Durand’s time and now house the finest collection of Arts and Crafts furnishings in the country.

Grace Durand and her Dairy Cows circa 1905

Learn more about Grace in the History Center's online collection. Click here to read her story.


Have questions? Email Alex Schneider at or call 847.234.5253 during open hours, Tu-Wed 1-4pm and Th 10-1pm. 



509 East Deerpath I Lake Forest, IL 60045            847.234.5253 I I