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.
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.
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.
The Farmstead was occupied by its original builders and direct descendants throughout most of its 150-year history.
Since its designation as a City of McHenry Historic Landmark in 1998, the farmstead has been used to educate visitors on Illinois agricultural history.