How Big is 69 Acres?

…as big as your imagination.

Our winding trails follow field and forest, and lead to some unexpected places.

Children see fairy glens and gnome houses.

Adults reminisce about childhood summers spent on a farm.

Stand still in the fall leaves and catch a glimpse of a red fox or white tailed deer.

Bask in the warm spring night air and catch the chirp of spring peepers or the howl of a coyote.

Find us, we’re closer than you think.

Nature offers endless seasons of inspiration. Turquoise skies, titanium white clouds, rolling jade fields.

Brilliant vermillion and yellow ochre leaves. The deep cobalt hush of the evening winter woods.

They say not all who wander are lost…  Why not do both?  Wander where your heart takes you.

Lose yourself in daydreams of nature’s palette.  Go home inspired.

Contact us here to schedule a guided hike, school field trip, or organization activity

Plein air painters can enjoy our landscapes during open studio times,

Tuesday and Friday noon – 4

Open Studio fee is $5 per person

Paint in the studio or find a scene plein air. Have a cup of tea, sit and relax, drip a little paint on the floor, no worries

Situated in Jackson Township east of Chesterton and Valparaiso Indiana, our landscape–called a “moraine”–began 50,000 years ago during the slowly ebbing glacial tides of an ancient and frozen Lake Michigan.

The Art Barn acreage sits on the rolling topography of one of the first moraines carved by the movement of this glacier, named the Valparaiso Moraine.

This movement left behind hills, streams, rocks and boulders of all sizes, as well as rich, loamy soil perfect for farming.

“Many towns in northwest Indiana and northeast Illinois [lie along] the Valparaiso Moraine … Also, many small creeks or rivers start in the Valparaiso Moraine. The moraine itself was named after the City of Valparaiso Indiana, where it is narrower and higher than in other places.” – Wikipedia