News from Garfield Farm
On Saturday, June 30th from 9 am to 4 pm a barn sale will be held at the Garfield Mongerson Farm at 39W962 ILL Rt. 38 to benefit Garfield Farm Museum. Friends and members of the museum have been donating items from their households for the sale.
This is the first fundraiser of its type to be held at the Edward Garfield/ Mongerson Brothers Farm that the museum acquired in 2002. “We have had a great response from our supporters and have had to expand from the 2400 square foot Duane Kilgore Memorial Workshop into the cattle shed of the large dairy barn to display all the items,” said Donna Neiler, Garfield Heritage Society treasurer and veteran of the LaFox Barn Sale.
Volunteer organizer Denise Morgan of LaFox is amazed at the variety of items that have been donated from appliances, books, outdoor items to true antiques. Mark Weaver of Inglenook Pantry decided to downsize his collection of antique scales and the retiring Kane County Bank banker Dean Capes donated seven truck loads of furniture and household items as he and wife Carol move to their northern summer home.
Environmentalist George Johnson of McHenry County and Campton Township naturalist Jack Shouba and wife Terry have contributed some favorite artworks they collected and hope find a good home. Barbara Curtis of Hinsdale and president of the Chicago Suburban Antique Dealers Association, donated a number of antiques including a large spinning wheel.
“A tennis racquet stringing machine is the most unexpected item,” said Jerome Johnson, executive director, “but my favorite is a collection of placards from the 1930s with celebrities like Knute Rockne and Herbert Hoover warning of the dangers of alcohol or tobacco. Our supporters have a penchant for the historic or artistic, so some very interesting items have been assembled.”
Inglenook Pantry will be selling food and refreshments. Parking will be on the farm grounds. Museum volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and help load. All proceeds will go to help with the daily operations of Garfield Farm Museum, a former 1840s prairie farm and teamster inn that is being restored as an 1840s working farm museum.
In 2002, the museum’s land preservation board, Campton Historic Agricultural Lands, raised $2.5 million to acquire the 95 acre Edward Garfield/ Mongerson Brothers Farm that was once part of Timothy Garfield’s 1840s farm. Timothy’s son Edward built his 1859 house and barn there and in the 1930s his descendants sold the farm to the Mongerson Family. Grants from the Kane County Riverboat Fund, the USDA NRCS Farmland Protection Program, the Campton Township Open Space program, and museum donors and foundations helped save the farm that was adjacent to the 280 acres Garfield Farm Museum had assembled in the previous years.
The Mongerson Farm is located on the north side ILL RT. 38 approximately 2.5 miles west of Randall Road. For information or to donate items call 630-584-8485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.