Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Joseph Bailly Homestead, Chellberg Farm, and Little Calumet Trail System » Porter County

Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
09/19/2019
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Best Bike Night on the Planet
Quaker State and Lube Restaurant, Portage IN
09/20/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
09/20/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Music Heritage Series
Indiana Dunes State Park Visitor Center, Chesterton IN
09/21/2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hooked on Art Live Street Art Festival
Downtown Chesterton, Chesterton IN
09/21/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rubber Stamping Class - Portage
Portage Library, Portage IN
09/21/2019
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Portage Brewfest
Founder’s Square, Portage IN
09/21/2019
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Old Time Dance
Valparaiso YMCA, Valparaiso IN
09/26/2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Painting with Susan
Valparaiso Library, Valparaiso IN
09/26/2019
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Best Bike Night on the Planet
Quaker State and Lube Restaurant, Portage IN
09/26/2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Movie Night
Liberty Elementary School, Chesterton Indiana
09/27/2019 - 09/29/2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fall Harvest Festival And Antique Equipment Show.
Sunset Hill Farm County Park, Valparaiso IN
09/27/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
09/27/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fourth Friday At the International Center
Valparaiso International Center, Valparaiso IN
09/27/2019
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Last Friday at the VIC - Valpo
Valparaiso International Center, Valparaiso IN
09/29/2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mount Baldy Hike
Indiana Dunes State Park Visitor Center, Chesterton IN
10/03/2019
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Eat Up Wine Down - Valparaiso
Don Quijote Restaurant, Valparaiso IN
10/04/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
10/05/2019 - 10/06/2019
All Day
Fall Festival at Windy Ridge Farms
Windy Ridge Farms, Valparaiso IN
10/05/2019
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kids Closet Sale - Valpo
Butterfield pavilion, Valparaiso IN
10/05/2019
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Portage Harvest Festival
Founders Square, Portage IN
10/10/2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Acrylic Painting at Kouts Library
Kouts Library, Kouts IN
10/10/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free Yoga at the Library
Valparaiso Library, Valparaiso IN
10/11/2019 - 10/13/2019
All Day
Elvis FANtasy Fest
Woodland Park, Portage IN
10/11/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
10/12/2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hebron Elementary Arts and Craft Fair
Hebron Elementary School, Hebron In
10/12/2019
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Vendor Craft Show & Bake Sale
First Presbyterian Church, Portage IN
10/12/2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Meet the Animals at Sunset
Sunset Hill Farm County Park, Valparaiso IN
10/12/2019
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Porter’s Perfect Pint
Hawthorne Park, Porter IN
10/13/2019
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Flamenco Fiesta at Don Quijote Restaurant
Don Quijote Restaurant, Valparaiso IN
10/18/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
10/18/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Music Heritage Series
Indiana Dunes State Park Visitor Center, Chesterton IN
10/19/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rubber Stamping Class - Portage
Portage Library, Portage IN
10/24/2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Painting with Susan
Valparaiso Library, Valparaiso IN
10/25/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
10/25/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fourth Friday At the International Center
Valparaiso International Center, Valparaiso IN
10/25/2019
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Last Friday at the VIC - Valpo
Valparaiso International Center, Valparaiso IN
10/26/2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Pumpkin Palooza
Duneland Chamber of commerce, Chesterton IN
10/26/2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Historic Halloween Fun - Indiana Dunes
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Porter IN
11/01/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
11/07/2019
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Eat Up Wine Down - Valparaiso
Don Quijote Restaurant, Valparaiso IN
11/08/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
11/09/2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Boone Grove Snow Fest
Boone Grove High School, Valparaiso IN
11/09/2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hannah's Hope Art And Craft Show
Portage High School, Portage IN
11/09/2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Interwoven Expressions Exhibit and Sale
Sand Creek Country Club, Chesterton in
11/09/2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Meet the Animals at Sunset
Sunset Hill Farm County Park, Valparaiso IN
11/14/2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Acrylic Painting at Kouts Library
Kouts Library, Kouts IN
11/14/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free Yoga at the Library
Valparaiso Library, Valparaiso IN
11/15/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
11/15/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Music Heritage Series
Indiana Dunes State Park Visitor Center, Chesterton IN
11/16/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rubber Stamping Class - Portage
Portage Library, Portage IN
11/16/2019
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Spay-Ghetti Dinner
Woodland Park, Portage IN
11/22/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
11/22/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fourth Friday At the International Center
Valparaiso International Center, Valparaiso IN
11/22/2019
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Last Friday at the VIC - Valpo
Valparaiso International Center, Valparaiso IN
11/23/2019
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Winter Lights Festival
Sunset Hill Farm County Park, Valparaiso IN
11/28/2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Painting with Susan
Valparaiso Library, Valparaiso IN
11/29/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
12/05/2019
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Eat Up Wine Down - Valparaiso
Don Quijote Restaurant, Valparaiso IN
12/06/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
12/12/2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Acrylic Painting at Kouts Library
Kouts Library, Kouts IN
12/12/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free Yoga at the Library
Valparaiso Library, Valparaiso IN
12/13/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
12/14/2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Meet the Animals at Sunset
Sunset Hill Farm County Park, Valparaiso IN
12/20/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
12/20/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Music Heritage Series
Indiana Dunes State Park Visitor Center, Chesterton IN
12/21/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rubber Stamping Class - Portage
Portage Library, Portage IN
12/26/2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Painting with Susan
Valparaiso Library, Valparaiso IN
12/27/2019
12:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Bingo
Bonner Center, Portage IN
12/27/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fourth Friday At the International Center
Valparaiso International Center, Valparaiso IN
12/27/2019
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Last Friday at the VIC - Valpo
Valparaiso International Center, Valparaiso IN

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Joseph Bailly Homestead, Chellberg Farm, and Little Calumet Trail System

Work Highway 20 & Mineral Springs Road Porter IN 46304 United StatesWork Phone: (219) 395-1882Website: http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/bcvc.htm
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Biographical Info

The Bailly Homestead, a National Historic Landmark, was the home of Honore Gratien Joseph Bailly de Messein (1774 – 1835). Bailly played a role in the development of the Calumet Region of northern Indiana. He was an independent trader in the extensive fur-trading network that spread from Montreal to Louisiana, and ultimately to Europe. Joseph Bailly was one of the earliest settlers in northern Indiana. In 1822 Bailly set up his fur trading post at the crossroads of several important trails, including the Tolleston Beach and northern branch of the Sauk Trail. He provided a meeting place for Native Americans and Euro-Americans. Except for White Pigeon, Michigan, Bailly’s trading post was the only stopping place for travelers and missionaries between Chicago and Detroit. The Bailly Homestead complex is the last remaining site of its nature in the Calumet Region, both in its capacity as a fur trading post and in its vernacular architectural features and construction types. The Bailly Homestead was authorized as a National Historic Landmark in 1962.Bailly acquired formal title to the Homestead and the surrounding tracts of land, totaling over 2,000 acres, in the 1830’s when the Calumet Region was officially opened to Euro-American settlement. At his death title passed to his family. The Homestead proper was left to his wife and segments of the acreage to each of his children.

Baily brick house

In 1843, after the death of Bailly’s daughter Esther, management of the Homestead was assumed by Francis Howe, the husband of daughter Rose Bailly. Under Howe’s management the Homestead was again influential in the development of the area, as Howe sold timber from the land to be used in the construction of the nearby railroad. Upon Howe’s death in 1850 Joel Wicker, husband to another Bailly daughter, Hortense, assumed management of the Homestead. It was under Wicker’s management that the area surrounding the Homestead was settled. In an effort to continue providing timber to the expanding railroad Wicker recruited Swedish immigrants, then living in Chicago, to move to the area and operate the sawmill. Not only did the Swedes cut timber and operate the sawmill, they purchased land from the Bailly-Howe family and settled farms, bringing Swedish culture to northwest Indiana. Several log cabins, possibly dating to the 1860’s and probably of Swedish origin, are located on nearby farms that were once part of the Bailly Homestead.

The Homestead brings together an unusual combination of vernacular architecture with the imposing main house, featuring late 19th century architectural detail, the rustic log and brick structures, and the unusual family cemetery.

(Paraphrased excerpts from the National Register Nomination, 1972, and the Bailly Homestead Historic Structures Report, Denver Service Center, National Park Service, November 1972.)

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