Try This! Settlers’ Day

Each November, visitors of Sand Ridge Nature Center can experience the history of the founding and development of our country during the Annual Settlers’ Day event.


More than 150 costumed re-enactors will represent and interpret Native Americans and French Voyageurs, as well as pioneer and settler times through the periods of the Underground Railroad and the Civil War. Activities and interpretation during the event also include pioneer-era cooking demonstrations, Benjamin Franklin: “Born British, Died American” performances, mock interactive wagon train trips from Ohio to Illinois in 1821, history hikes, period crafts and more.


The event will be hosted on Sunday, November 20, and will begin at 10 am with a formal flag-raising ceremony and period Honor Guard. Settlers’ Day is free to the public; however, Sand Ridge Nature Center will be accepting donations of non-perishable food and cash donations to benefit local food pantries.


44th Annual Settlers’ Day

Sunday, November 20 • 10 am – 3 pm

Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County