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

Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
02/24/2024 - 02/25/2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Warm Up To Winter - Indiana Dunes National Park
Chellberg Farm & Bailly Homestead, Porter IN
02/24/2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Warm Up To Winter - Indiana Dunes National Park
Chellberg Farm & Bailly Homestead, Porter IN
02/24/2024
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dunes Theater at Indiana Dunes
Indiana Dunes Nature Center, Chesterton IN
02/24/2024
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dunes Theater at Indiana Dunes
Indiana Dunes Nature Center, Chesterton IN
02/24/2024
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
YMCA Saturday Night Y Bash
Porter County Expo Center, Valparaiso IN
02/25/2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Warm Up To Winter - Indiana Dunes National Park
Chellberg Farm & Bailly Homestead, Porter IN
02/25/2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Warm Up To Winter - Indiana Dunes National Park
Chellberg Farm & Bailly Homestead, Porter IN
02/25/2024
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dunes Theater at Indiana Dunes
Indiana Dunes Nature Center, Chesterton IN
02/25/2024
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Whiskey And Blues Downtown Valpo Every Sunday
Journeyman Distillery, Valparaiso IN
03/01/2024
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Alfred Hitchcock's "39 Steps" Live Theatre - Valpo
Chicago Street Theatre, Valparaiso IN
03/02/2024
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Toy Box Toy Shows - Portage
Woodland Park, Portage IN
03/02/2024
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Alfred Hitchcock's "39 Steps" Live Theatre - Valpo
Chicago Street Theatre, Valparaiso IN
03/03/2024
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Whiskey And Blues Downtown Valpo Every Sunday
Journeyman Distillery, Valparaiso IN
03/03/2024
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Well Suited Comedy Night at Chicago Street Theatre
Chicago Street Theatre, Valparaiso IN
03/08/2024
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
"Sleeping Indoors" Live Theater - 4th Street Theater
03/08/2024
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Alfred Hitchcock's "39 Steps" Live Theatre - Valpo
Chicago Street Theatre, Valparaiso IN
03/09/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
03/09/2024 - 03/10/2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Maple Sugar Time Indiana Dunes
Chellberg Farm & Bailly Homestead, Porter IN
03/09/2024
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Guided Winter Hikes
Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, Valparaiso Indiana
03/09/2024
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
"Sleeping Indoors" Live Theater - 4th Street Theater
03/09/2024
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Alfred Hitchcock's "39 Steps" Live Theatre - Valpo
Chicago Street Theatre, Valparaiso IN
03/10/2024
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Whiskey And Blues Downtown Valpo Every Sunday
Journeyman Distillery, Valparaiso IN
03/10/2024
2:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Alfred Hitchcock's "39 Steps" Live Theatre - Valpo
Chicago Street Theatre, Valparaiso IN
03/10/2024
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Neverly Brothers In Concert - Valpo
Chicago Street Theatre, Valparaiso IN
03/10/2024
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
"Sleeping Indoors" Live Theater - 4th Street Theater
03/14/2024
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Larry A. Brechner Exhibit - Creative Council Opening Reception
03/15/2024
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Music Heritage Series
Indiana Dunes State Park Visitor Center, Chesterton IN
03/15/2024
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
"Sleeping Indoors" Live Theater - 4th Street Theater
03/15/2024
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Alfred Hitchcock's "39 Steps" Live Theatre - Valpo
Chicago Street Theatre, Valparaiso IN
03/16/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
03/16/2024 - 03/17/2024
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Shipshewana on the Road Valpo
Porter County Expo Center, Valparaiso IN
03/16/2024
10:00 am - 11:45 am
Valpo Easter Egg Hunt
Sunset Hill Farm County Park, Valparaiso IN
03/16/2024
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Anderson’s Winery, Valparaiso IN
03/16/2024
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
"Sleeping Indoors" Live Theater - 4th Street Theater
03/16/2024
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Alfred Hitchcock's "39 Steps" Live Theatre - Valpo
Chicago Street Theatre, Valparaiso IN
03/17/2024
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Whiskey And Blues Downtown Valpo Every Sunday
Journeyman Distillery, Valparaiso IN
03/17/2024
2:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Alfred Hitchcock's "39 Steps" Live Theatre - Valpo
Chicago Street Theatre, Valparaiso IN
03/17/2024
3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
"Sleeping Indoors" Live Theater - 4th Street Theater
03/19/2024
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hilltop’s Annual SOUPS Dinner
Harre Union Building, Valparaiso IN
03/22/2024
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Last Friday at the VIC - Valpo
Trinity Church, Valparaiso IN
03/22/2024
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
"Sleeping Indoors" Live Theater - 4th Street Theater
03/23/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
03/23/2024
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
"Sleeping Indoors" Live Theater - 4th Street Theater
03/24/2024
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Whiskey And Blues Downtown Valpo Every Sunday
Journeyman Distillery, Valparaiso IN
03/24/2024
3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
"Sleeping Indoors" Live Theater - 4th Street Theater
03/30/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
04/05/2024
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
VU Observatory Open House - FREE
Gellerson Center, Valparaiso IN
04/06/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
04/06/2024 - 04/07/2024
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Home And Remodeling Expo (aka Home Show) Valpo
Porter County Expo Center, Valparaiso IN
04/13/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
04/18/2024
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Portage Community And Business Night
Woodland Park, Portage IN
04/19/2024
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Music Heritage Series
Indiana Dunes State Park Visitor Center, Chesterton IN
04/19/2024
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
VU Observatory Open House - FREE
Gellerson Center, Valparaiso IN
04/20/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
04/20/2024
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Earth Day And ReUse Fair
Porter County Expo Center, Valparaiso IN
04/26/2024
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Last Friday at the VIC - Valpo
Trinity Church, Valparaiso IN
04/27/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
05/03/2024
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
VU Observatory Open House - FREE
Gellerson Center, Valparaiso IN
05/04/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
05/11/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
05/11/2024
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Indiana Dunes Native Plant Sale
Friends of Indiana Dunes Office, Beverly Shores IN
05/11/2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Spring Craft Show - Portage Indiana
Woodland Park, Portage IN
05/11/2024
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Halfway to Halloween - Valparaiso
Porter County Expo Center, Valparaiso IN
05/17/2024
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Music Heritage Series
Indiana Dunes State Park Visitor Center, Chesterton IN
05/18/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
05/24/2024
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Last Friday at the VIC - Valpo
Trinity Church, Valparaiso IN
05/25/2024
8:00 am
Spring Festivals And Special Events
06/07/2024
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square
06/14/2024
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square
06/21/2024
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square
06/28/2024
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Last Friday at the VIC - Valpo
Trinity Church, Valparaiso IN
07/12/2024
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square
07/19/2024
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square
07/20/2024
8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Full Moon Hike - Indiana Dunes State Park
Indiana Dunes Nature Center, Porter IN
07/26/2024
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Last Friday at the VIC - Valpo
Trinity Church, Valparaiso IN
08/02/2024
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square
08/09/2024
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square
08/16/2024
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square
08/23/2024
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Last Friday at the VIC - Valpo
Trinity Church, Valparaiso IN
08/23/2024
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square
08/25/2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Valpo Car Show And Swap Meet
Porter County Expo Center, Valparaiso IN
09/07/2024
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Valparaiso Popcorn Festival
Downtown Valparaiso, Valparaiso IN
09/07/2024
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Stargazing at Indiana Dunes
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Porter IN
09/14/2024
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Bacon Fest - Portage
Founders Square, Portage INDIANA
09/27/2024
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Last Friday at the VIC - Valpo
Trinity Church, Valparaiso IN
10/25/2024
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Last Friday at the VIC - Valpo
Trinity Church, Valparaiso IN
11/15/2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike - Indiana Dunes State Park
Indiana Dunes Nature Center, Porter IN
11/22/2024
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Last Friday at the VIC - Valpo
Trinity Church, Valparaiso IN
12/27/2024
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Last Friday at the VIC - Valpo
Trinity Church, Valparaiso IN

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

Highway 20 & Mineral Springs Road Porter IN 46304 United StatesWork Phone: (219) 395-1882Website: http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/bcvc.htm
Photo of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Joseph Bailly Homestead, Chellberg Farm, and Little Calumet Trail System

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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