Van Raalte Farm
- ADA Accessible
- Cross Country Ski Trails
- Dog Friendly Park
- Dog Park
- Pedestrian Walkways
- Picnic Areas
- Picnic Shelters
- Picnic Tables
- Restroom Year Round
- Sledding Hill
This is a
This site is significant in the history of Holland. Reverend Albertus Van Raalte,
At one time, the land was heavily farmed and had an orchard, peony fields, and dairy cows. The site has been referred to as “The Maples” due to the large majestic trees planted by Van Raalte that form a dense canopy in the front of the house.
The entrance to the property from East 16th Street is the long driveway that leads directly to the original house. A small addition was built on the south side in recent years, as was the white garage on the west. To the east of the house are two barns and the foundation for what was once a third storage building or barn.
The sugar shack was moved to this site in 2005, so that DeGraaf Nature Center may begin tapping the maples and showing participants how maple syrup was made centuries ago.
This city park contains a
- Degraaf Nature Center Sugar Shack
- Groomed Cross Country Ski Trails
- Historic Van Raalte Farmhouse
- Numerous Marked Nature Trails
- Picnic Shelter
- Winter Sledding