Museums and conservation areas educate, inform and delight. They preserve our history and welcome us with stories told in their natural settings. A visit to the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area takes you back in time to the 1850s, where the original house and farm buildings of John and Amelia Park have been restored to bring the 19th century to life.
While the Homestead is significantly valued by the community, the facility is aging, the classroom/exhibit space and washroom facilities do not meet the needs for important education programs and special events, and accessibility does not meet modern standards.
The Essex Region Conservation Foundation is raising $600,000 to match a grant from the Government of Canada's Canadian Experiences Fund to build a modern, environmentally friendly Heritage Centre with educational and exhibit space, accessible and adequate washroom facilities, and a significantly enhanced visitor and student facility. This new cultural space will improve the overall educational and visitor experience, create a tourism gateway and important facilities to complement the region’s growing cycling infrastructure.