Chelberg Farm, Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana|
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Historic Dunes farm could be a dream come true
Ever dreamed of operating your own small farm? Looking for a picturesque retirement location with income potential? Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore may just have the opportunity for you. The National Park Service recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a long-term lease of the historic Chelberg Farm and adjacent Charles P. Nelson House in Porter County.
Located within in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Lake Michigan, the Chelberg Farm includes five fields for a total of approximately 18 acres. Along with the Nelson House, the property includes a barn, chicken coop, corncrib, granary, maple sugar shack, workshop/shed, pump house and windmill. All out-buildings have been restored and maintained by NPS staff and remain in good condition.
The 1891 Nelson House could be used as an on-site residence, though it will require rehab before it can be occupied. The brick home includes two bedrooms and a twentieth-century bathroom upstairs – the only major alteration to the original house.
If you’re interested, you can download a copy of the RFP document, or contact Liz McConnell, Chief of Administration and Business Services, 1100 N. Mineral Springs Rd, Porter, IN 46304, 219-395-1703, Liz_McConnell@nps.gov.
If you intend to submit a proposal, you should notify Liz McConnell to make sure you receive additional notifications regarding the project.
The National Park Service will give special considerations to proposals that include a farming operation that could be open to the public.
All proposals must be received no later 4:30 p.m. on January 9, 2015. Submit proposals to National Park Service, Midwest Regional Office, 601 Riverfront Drive, Omaha, NE 68102, attn. Commercial Services Manager.