Mayor Tom Henry and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel cut the ribbon recently on the newly restored Salomon Farm Homestead, which will officially open for public tours during the Fall Harvest Festival at Salomon Farm Park on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14.
The Salomon family immigrated from Lahde, Westfalen, Prussia in 1871 and settled where Salomon Farm Park sits today. Many of the projects on this working farm have been completely community funded and supported, including the restoration of the Homestead. Financial support for this project was provided by generous private donors, foundations, and grants. Furnishings are all circa 1930’s family heirlooms gifted to the park from citizens in Fort Wayne and surrounding counties. These heirlooms represent Salomon Farm Park’s and the Parks and Recreation Department’s commitment to protecting and celebrating Indiana heritage.
Citizens will be able to rent the Salomon Homestead, especially as a compliment to Old Barn wedding parties. Area history programs will utilize the Homestead, and the space will be open for public tours during special events, including the upcoming Fall Harvest Festival.
For more information about Salomon Farm Park and renting the Homestead please call 260-427-6000.
Press Release: Ribbon Cutting
The Salomon Homestead renovation was possible because of generous donations of several individuals and organizations including:
- Wilson Foundation
- English Bonter Mitchell Foundation
- Spencer Foundation
- Dekko Foundation
- Sweetwater Sound
- And of course, Don and Virginia Wolf, who have been longtime supporters of this park.
Photo Credit: Denny Beck