St. James Farm Forest Preserve

In 1920, Chauncey and Marion McCormick purchased St. James Farm as a private retreat to accommodate their interests in horses and dairy farming.  The McCormicks' son, Brooks, later transformed St. James Farm into a renowned equestrian facility.  Brooks McCormick sold St. James Farm as a life estate to the Forest Preserve District in 2000.  The Forest Preserve District officially took possession of the 607-acre property in 2007.  Today, visitors can explore the forest preserve via scenic trails, tree-lined allees and guided quail-wagon tours or enjoy one of its inviting fishing or picnic spots.  A series of permanent informational signs presents the history of the property, including its stables, barns, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, and artwork.   

St. James Farm Master Plan Giving Opportunities

In 2010, the Board of Commissioners approved a Master Plan for the preserve, based on the vision of developing a multi-faceted facility that fosters an appreciation of the unique character, secluded solitude, cultural history, and natural resources of St. James Farm Forest Preserve for the pleasure, education and recreation of the public. 

The implementation of the Master Plan will require funding from Construction and Development Funds, Bond Funds, Endowment Funds, Private Donations, Sponsorships, Partnerships, and Grant Funding.  For more information on how you or your business can participate, please review our  St. James Farm Forest Preserve Giving Opportunities brochure.


Family Field Day

Formerly known as the "Homecoming Celebration at St. James Farm", Family Field Day honors the heritage of this famous estate and attracts more than 5,000 visitors for a day of hayrides, equestrian and canine demonstrations, agricultural displays, archery, fishing, children's crafts and games, interpretive tours and other family-friendly activities.   


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