Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Garfield Farm and Inn Museum - La Fox, Illinois

Garfield Farm and Inn Museum
Garfield Road just north of Illinois Route 38
La Fox, Illinois
Listed in the National Register of Historic Sites, the site is a 281-acre farmstead and former 1840s teamster inn. When Timothy Garfield and his family built the brick inn on the family farm in 1846, it became a center for community activity. It was an inn for hundreds of teamsters and travelers, a ballroom for jubilant 4th of July Dances, a meeting place, and a place to drop in for good company and a mug of hard cider. The coming of the railroads ended the inn-keeping basis for the Garfields, and they continued to till the Kane County soil. The last Garfield family owner, Elva Ruth Garfield, founded the museum in 1977 to teach about America's prairie farm heritage.The museum brings together the farming experiences of the past 150 years with an appreciation of the natural environment that the Garfields found when they came to Illinois.

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