John R. Park Homestead


Location: Essex, Ontario

Landowner: Essex Region Conservation Authority

Seed Provider: St. Williams Nursery and Ecology Centre

About the site:

The John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area will take you back in time to the 1850s. The house and farm buildings of John and Amelia Park are restored to bring the nineteenth century to life, along the shores of Lake Erie. The John R Park Homestead property includes a number of different habitat features that reflect the natural heritage of the local area, and the Carolinian Life Zone. The Homestead is part of the Fox Creek watershed, which meanders through the site, and drains into Lake Erie. The creek is a Provincially Significant Wetland (PSW), which is identified by the province of Ontario as very valuable. There are many heritage trees on site including Silver Maples, Honey Locust (with thorns), Black Walnut, large Cottonwoods and more. With the seed grant, ERCA staff hope to establish additional natural heritage to the conservation area that can be used as an education piece, a tourist destination as well as an opportunity to enhance biodiversity and support a variety of pollinators in the local area.


Photos before wildflower planting




Essex Region Conservation Authority 

Essex Region Conservation Authority is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Their vision for the Essex Region is a sustainable, resilient and vibrant place with healthy and thriving watersheds, Great Lakes and a green culture.


John R. Park Homestead  is open for public visitation. Please see hours, parking, and other details on the Essex Region Conservation Authority website.

John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area