The Richardson Farm
The Richardson Farm was homesteaded in 1840 by Robert Richardson who emigrated from England. The farm has grown over the years to include 450 acres and 2 farmsteads. In addition to the traditional crops of corn and soy beans, we are growing over 50,000 Christmas trees, and have a large cornfield maze for you to visit during the summer.
Three generations of the Richardson family own and work on the farm. Margaret and Owen have three other children and 11 grandchildren who come on busy weekends to help during the corn maze and Christmas seasons We hope you enjoy your visit to our farm. Look around and have a good time.
Our first Christmas trees were planted in 1982, and we nearly quit when they quickly got lost among the weeds; but we joined the National Christmas Tree Association and the Illinois Christmas Tree Growers and learned how to control the weeds and care for the trees. We stuck with it, adding about 3000 trees per year, and more recently increasing the figure to 11,000 trees.
It takes a lot of work throughout the spring and summer to make a nice tree. We spray for weeds, mow in between the rows, and trim every tree each year. It takes a lot of time, but it's worth the effort when we greet all those happy folks who come to our farm to get a fresh, homegrown Christmas tree. What a wonderful time of year to create memories to last a lifetime!
In 2001, we decided to put in a corn maze...which ended up being the world's largest and we still hold that title! Now, we can host more happy people during August, September and October, as well. Solving the maze is a wholesome, country adventure that you're sure to enjoy.
Every year we strive to improve and expand our entertainment offerings at our corn maze while still keeping that country feel. Our picnic area and campfires continue to be hugely popular. The pavilion by the concession barn is a great place to eat, visit with friends and stay out of the elements.
Some folks say the giant 50' long slide is worth the price of admission alone and every year we've added new activities for your enjoyment including our huge, 50' tall observation tower with an aerial view of the corn maze and our entire farm.
We are one of only a very few mazes in the country that is open late every night for a whole new twist on "corn mazing". There's nothing quite like finding your way through the mazes with flashlights or the light of the moon under the starry sky and after, cooking s'mores over a campfire.
Love this place in the fall for pumpkins and then again during the holidays to cut down our own tree. A must each Christmas-we cut down our tree, then go inside for hot chocolate and donuts. Beautiful wreaths, sprays and decor for sale.
Jimmy Lawrence Jr.
I wish I could separate fun and excitement from food services. The activities and fun are 5 Star, plenty for young kids and adults to enjoy. One of our best times as a family in a while. The food service was very poor. Lines didn’t move due to no product or cashiers simply taking there time. The roasted corn was not sweet at all, if there wasn’t seasoning salt to add to the bland butter it would of went in the garbage. The freshly popped Carmel popcorn tasted stale. Not sure if that is from bad kernels. Again the Fun factor would bring us back but I do hope they address their faults. Just a coincidence but as we were leaving we heard a loud scream from all the visitors when all the power went off @7:30pm
Excellent place and amazing service. This California girl went away with a great Midwest vibe. The maze was fantastic, great music and a real good country fun. Nighttime is the best!
Probably one of the funnest times I've ever had the picking pumpkins. Richardson Farm, not only has a great atmosphere but as well priced and the staff are so friendly. The only problem I would have to mention doesn't even have to do with them but with the patrons, pick up your trash you litterbugs.
One of the better fall festival farms we've been to. If you have young kids, better to do the maze during the day. At night, the teenagers and teenage minded adults make the maze a sketchy place. It's not uncommon for them to throw ears of corn at people using flashlights. We saw a family's infant almost get hit. At night, you can enjoy plenty of other activities on the property if you've got young kids.