Heritage Farm Stay AdventureHosted by Heritage Farm
About Heritage Farm Stay Adventure
Enjoy a stay at Heritage Farm and experience all the exhilaration that an Indiana farm has to offer. Heritage Farm is a working alpaca farm with over 70 alpacas you can watch and interact with. Also residing on the farm are a flock of chickens, 4 goats and a horse. If you want to, you can help with the daily chores of feeding the animals and collecting eggs. After that, you can explore the big red barn that was selected as one of the top-ten Bicentennial barns in the state. Roam around the 120 acre homestead, woods and creek and soak in the sights, sounds and smells of the farm. Be sure to visit our farm store before you leave where you can shop for alpaca products such as sweaters, hats, mittens and scarves. Pick up some honey made from bees on our farm or some farm fresh eggs from our flock of pastured chickens!
Heritage Farm has several options for overnight lodging. One of the most popular places to stay is in our authentic 1850's log cabin. And it's certainly special to us as well. The cabin represents a valued part of our heritage. It reminds us every day of our agricultural roots, solid values and the importance of faith and family.
Here’s the story: In 1987, Beth’s parents, Bob and Nelda Lovelace owned what is now Heritage Farm. Beth and Tim lived in Indianapolis at that time and were involved in their health care careers. Even so, we would often visit the farm on weekends, longing for a time when we could enjoy the farm more often.
One day, a neighboring farmer approached Beth’s dad and told of a discovery he had made. While clearing an old homestead on his property, he discovered that the old white clapboard farmhouse was hiding an antique treasure underneath all that siding and plaster. He revealed the hand-hewn poplar logs of two story log cabin; perfectly preserved by it’s modern coverings. He went on to say that he wasn’t interested in the cabin, and he asked if Bob wanted it. Bob knew that both Beth and Tim were interested in early American history and after a family discussion, we all decided that this would be a great project—something that would bring us back to the farm and provide hours of family time in restoration work!
We hired a house mover to move the cabin down 3 miles of country roads to its current location on the farm. After a couple of seasons of restoration, we held our first family Christmas gathering in the cabin.
Through the years, we’ve had many more gatherings. We enjoy sharing with clubs, school and church groups and anyone who wants to experience a little bit of the past and enjoy the serenity of the farm. Recently, we have renovated the cabin again to make it a more comfortable place for our guests to use when they visit the farm.
Several time a year we build a big, crackling fire in the fireplace on a cold winter night and just sit in front of it basking in the warm glow of candlelight. As the firelight dances off those big old logs, we imagine what it must have been like to live the without the comforts and conveniences we enjoy today. We think about how those families toiled to survive harsh Indiana winters and the hot, humid summers. Families spending all of their time together; parents directly involved in every aspect of raising their kids and instilling life-long gifts of faith and values. We also think about the good times they must have had. They had to invent much of their own fun and entertainment. But they did just fine. And I actually think they were better off in many ways.
Valuing Our Past, Building for the Future
Our mission at Heritage Farm is to apply that same pioneer spirit and value system to our alpaca business and Farm Stay enterprise. We are dedicated to working hard to provide the best of care to our herd and our overnight guests. I imagine the original occupants of the cabin would have done nothing less.
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This place is magic! There's woods to walk in, animals to watch and the landscape is lovely. The hosts Tim and Beth are so sweet and accommodating! They've put a lot of work into their property and it really shows! My husband and I we're not expecting it to be so beautiful and relaxing. It was such a treat and just 1 hour away from Indianapolis make's it the perfect little getaway! The cabin is rich with history and very cozy, but also has electricity/ceiling fans which was a nice bonus! Our favorite was dinner around the fire pit surrounded by twinkle lights watching the colorful sunset. Can't recommend it enough!
My young son and I spent 3 restful nights in this historic log cabin.
Leading up to my stay, Tim, who along with his wife, Beth, owns the farm, was very easy to communicate with.
The property was easy to find and upon arrival I was warmly greeted by Tim and shown the cabin. Despite being a log cabin, the high ceilings and numerous, large windows made it very spacious and bright. The second story porch was a great place to unwind and enjoy the views.
I really liked that they kept the cabin true to its style; a gas fireplace quickly warmed the home in the evening and beautiful quilts kept us toasty at night. The bathroom had plenty of hot water and nice towels.
As much as I liked the cabin, most of our time was spent outside. There was plenty to do and enjoy on the farm. The tire swing, creek, chickens, alpacas, friendly dogs and hammock kept us busy; there was so much to explore and observe!
I could barely drag my six year old away from the farm so I appreciated the grill and refrigerator.
I really can't say enough about the hospitality we were shown by Tim and Beth. Their farm is a very peaceful place and I hope to return soon!
This farm is such a treasure! The hosts, Tim and Beth are incredibly warm and hospitable. They really made you feel at home. If home was a gorgeous lush farmstead complete with the peaceful sounds of a trickling creek. Only an hour away from the big city it makes for the perfect weekend getaway! There are endless things to do and see. Our favorite was ham mocking in the back woods. You can even go into kokomo to antique! We've already started recommending it to friends and finding a time to go back! Really such a beautiful place.
My husband and I stayed at heritage farm for a night away from the city! And we both instantly wished we had booked it for two. It is so beautiful and relaxing! Tim and Beth are such wonderful hosts, we felt so welcomed! There are animals to see, paths to walk, places to read. Really it has it all! Already planning a trip back.
This place is truly a dream! We felt welcomed from the moment we arrived. Tim coached us through feeding the alpacas and Beth even showed us some of her newly dyed fiber. If you're looking for a beautiful, historic cabin to stay in for a relaxing weekend, Heritage Farms should be #1 on your list. Though relaxing, there is much more to do than just sit in the hammock and read! There are four goats, three dogs, one horse, a pack of barncats (and a kitty!), ~70 alpacas, and a flock of chickens to hang out with. We drove ~2.5 hours here from Chicago and it was worth every minute. We can't wait to plan a trip back!
My family and I had the pleasure of staying at Heritage Farms in the beginning of June for a few days. It was a restful retreat, surrounded by the most beautiful farm I had ever seen. We relished the rolling hills, pristine barns, lazy flowing creek, and sunsets. Our children enjoyed partaking in the farm chores by fetching the eggs from the chicken coop, feeding the alpacas and even helping out a bit with the new baler. We visited Delphi one day to take the canal boat on the last remaining portion of the Wabash/Erie Canal. The Sandwich Shop in Delphi is phenomenal. Everything we ordered was delicious! We took a few short trips into Kokomo and fell in love with the older homes, all kept up neatly. By far the best part of our stay were our hosts, Tim and Beth. They are both lovely people and took the time to share their passion for this farm with us by involving our children with the chores and bringing by two of their show alpacas for us to pet and learn more about them. I would highly recommend this vacation for anyone wanting a peaceful and unique getaway but close enough to short sight-seeing adventures.