McHenry’s Colby-Petersen Farm Put on National Register

An announcement from the Pritzker Administration about a March listing of the Colby-Petersen Farm’s being listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Colby-Petersen Farm, McHenry County, McHenry

Listed March 13, 2020

The Colby-Petersen Farmstead, located just northwest of McHenry, is significant as a good architectural representation of farm buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Colby-Petersen Farm. Photo from Wikipedia.

The farmhouse, built in the 1850s, is one of the oldest surviving Greek Revival structures in the township and has maintained much of its original features.

Colby-Petersen Farmhouse.

The vernacular-designed oak barns and outbuildings, including two Douglas fir stave silos, are surviving representatives of late-19th and early-20th century construction techniques of Midwest farming communities.  

Colby-Petersen Farmhouse.

The Farmstead was occupied by its original builders and direct descendants throughout most of its 150-year history.

Colby-Petersen Farmhouse stained glass.

Since its designation as a City of McHenry Historic Landmark in 1998, the farmstead has been used to educate visitors on Illinois agricultural history.

Colby-Petersen Farm cow barn.


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