Skyline, Visitor's Center and Parking Lot. 
Goose Lake Prairie Partners

Volunteers at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
5010 N. Jugtown Road off Pine Bluff Road, Morris, IL 60450

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The  29th Annual Cabin Festival
will be June 7, 2014

The new events line-up will be posted soon.

These re-enactors were our guests on the Cragg Cabin grounds, describing their projects last year; June 15, 2013.  On that Saturday, the re-enactors visited with our guests for 5 hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Food was served including buffalo burgers, brats or hot dogs and the Gift shop was open in the lobby of the visitor's center.  A plant sale was available on the front patio of the visitor's center.  Many of you bought tickets for the Prairie Partner Quilt called Patriot's Dream.

The Soap Maker
Judi Jacksohn
The Cragg Cabin Interpreter
Joannett Fleming
The Musician
Brandon Slatton and Jenny Rohr with the violin
The Tanner
Beverly Mansfield
American Indian Traveling Museum  (Games, Dances)
Louis Aiello
The Spinner
Kathy Tovey
and her Jacob Sheep.
Artimas, Diantha,
and Toby the dog.
Prairie Crafts
Art Rohr
Event Interpreter & Weaver
Susie Johnson
Fundraiser Chair
Chuck Johnson - in the Visitor's Center -View the lovely twin size quilt still on display.
Wood Worker
Edward Fleming
The Wood Carver
Herb Hain
Everyone enjoyed a lunch in our Food Shop, serving Hotdogs, Brats and Buffalo Burgers for a fair price.
Wagon Driver   
Lon Lovellette
Art Rohr
Prairie Partner Gift shop
(in the lobby)
Norma Hedges,
Brenda Soreng
Prairie Partner Food Shop
(Located in front of the Visitor's Center)
Becky Sipple, Jan Alexander
Cheryl Wright
Cook Bill Mahler
and Cook's Assistant Kim
Visit the Visitor's Center, Museum, Picnic areas, Butterfly barn or pick a trail to walk.
          Tanner Mansfield adjusts her display  
Tanner Mansfield will be returned again next year as well as Lou Aiello and his Traveling American Indian Exhibit. 
2013 Cabin Festival Flyer
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Cabin Festival Photo Album

Cabin Festival
is sponsored by the Goose Lake Prairie Partners and
the GLPSNA Staff.

Re-enactment may include

American Indian Life & Culture
Campfire Cooking
Soap Making
Candle Making
Tanning, Farming
Plant Study
Old fashion Games
Wood working
Wood Carvers
Knitting, Crochet
Lace Making, Quilting
Weaving, Spinning
Clothes Discussions
Culture in 1830
Cabin Life & Area History
The Origin of the Cabin Festival at GLPSNA

In February of 1985, a new Prairie Partner asked about the Cabin and it's uses.  She was told that it was used once in the fall for a program called "Incredible Edibles," and a warming place for cross-country skiers in winter.  Vince Matthews, the interpreter at the time, asked what the person had in mind.

It was at that time that Cabin Festival began, patterned after the "Settlement" in Lockport, (run by the Will Co. Historical Society). The new member knew several of the crafters in Lockport and asked them to come to Goose Lake Park and bring their crafts, making and doing things that the pioneers would need to do to survive.

The cabin (knows as the Cragg Cabin) had only two benches, a table and a chair that was donated.  Pioneer Cabin Festival was bore.

The date chosen was September Prairie week and also combined "Incredible Edibles."  This was what we would call "weeds," but the pioneers found several things such as dandelion leaves and some roots to use in the spring.  They picked wild berries as the summer progressed and made jams and sauces.  The partners demonstrated the use of the "weeds" and served jams and jellies on crackers for the 'guests' to sample.

Eventually, because of weather and lack of crafters in the fall, the Pioneer Cabin Festival was moved to spring.  Crafters were not so overwhelmed with too many festivals at that time.

(Reference:  Jo Fleming, Morris, IL)
We are constantly looking for period
re-enactors to help us with this event

Crafts that pioneers would most likely do in the 1800s is our emphasis. 
If you would like more information about our festival please call 815-942-2899.

Updated June 5, 2012.