Mysteries at the John R. Park Homestead

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Essex Region – On September 24 & 25th, we are calling all super sleuths to the John R. Park Homestead.

“This year, the John R. Park Homestead is celebrating its 180th birthday,” says Kris Ives, Curator/Education Coordinator. “To celebrate, we are introducing some new and immersive programs including a special escape room experience, and a mystery to be solved. These encounters will provide visitors with ways of exploring the Homestead like never before.”

On September 24, attendees will be invited to the Homestead. While visiting, it’s discovered Mr. Park’s shipping manifest has gone missing, and you are locked in the parlour until it can be found. You have one hour to find the manifest and clear your names!

Escape sessions must be booked in advance, maximum of 8 participants per session. The cost per session is $15.00 per person. Sessions times are available between 3pm and 9pm. Book now, as there are only 5 sessions available for this special opportunity. Book your tickets: . Note: This experience is designed for guests aged 12 and up.

Then, families are invited to join the Homesteaders on Sunday, September 25th to help solve a mystery! Something strange is happening here, doors are being left open, artifacts are being moved, the house seems to come alive at night. The Curator suspects that the mayhem may be caused by a specific artifact and wants your help to find the culprit to keep the historic home of John and Amelia Park protected for the next 180 years!

Join us for the Mystery at the Park Homestead and see if you can help our Curator crack the case! Admission for this event is Adults: $8.00, Children (Ages 3-12): $6.00, Seniors (65+): $6.00, Family (Max 6 People): $30.00. Pre-registration is required for this event. Tickets are available at: .

On October 2, the much loved Harvest and Horses Festival returns to the Homestead! Celebrate autumn the old-fashioned way with cider pressing, sausage stuffing, corn husk crafts, pioneer demonstrations, pony rides, and more! The Parade of Horses will take place at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Please note that the pre-purchase of tickets is required at .

The John R. Park Homestead is located at 915 County Road 50, at the corner of Iler Road, on the shore of Lake Erie.

ERCA logo
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

ERCA is seeking Pre-Qualifications of General Contractors for repairs at the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area. Repairs include south porch repairs and restoration, south foundation wall repointing, parging, and…

Expand Article

Image: Service Disruption
Thursday, May 25, 2023

Service Disruption: Holiday Beach

Please note that the park roads at Holiday Beach Conservation Area will be closed from 8:45am – 10am on Sunday, May 28 as we host the Dare2Be Challenged event. Park…

Expand Article