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“Angie of Garfield Farm”: Facts & Fictions

CAMPTON HILLS, IL: On Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 pm author Ann Brack-Johnson will speak on the facts that surround Angeline Victoria Garfield’s life and the historical fictions that were created for the book “Angie of Garfield Farm”.

      “Angie of Garfield Farm” portrays the everyday experiences of a young girl in 1847 living on an Illinois prairie farmstead where her parents operate a country inn. Using real names of people and places in 1840s Campton Township and known facts of daily life from 170 years ago, a dramatic story was fashioned to keep readers’ interests while learning a history lesson of a young Illinois.

     Ms. Brack-Johnson will tell how she used the history of the era focused around the then 9 year old Angie Garfield, the 7th child of Timothy and Harriet Garfield. The Garfields came to Illinois in 1841 and bought a 440 acre claim and proceeded to farm and open a thriving inn at the junction of the St.Charles- Sycamore - Oregon Roads. There will also be a discussion of writing historical fiction and a follow up to Angeline’s later life.

     Homemade refreshments will be served in observance of the museum’s 40th anniversary year. Reservations are encouraged by calling 630 584-8485 or e-mail There is a $6 donation for adults and $3 for children under 13 years of age. The author will also sign copies of the book.

     Garfield Farm Museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva, IL, off Illinois Rt. 38 on Garfield Road. Garfield Farm is a former historically intact 1840s prairie farmstead and teamster inn that is being restored as a working 1840s farm. Donors and volunteers from over 40 states have supported this major historical preservation undertaking.