Midwestern Prairie Life

Last weekend I took a little detour on the way home from seeing my daughter. Rather than turn right toward home, I turned left to venture down a dirt road that leads to Garfield Farm and Tavern. It had just snowed and I knew the historic farm on 281 acres would present me with some good photo ops. I took so many pictures I decided to split the post up. So welcome to part two of my little visit to Garfield Farm on the Illinois prairie. (You can read part one here.)

The red brick stagecoach inn awaits visitors entering the charming gate of a white picket fence.
The little white sign reads “T.P. Garfield.”
The side entrance to the inn reveals another gate.
I fell in love with all the fences carving their way through the landscape.
The back of the inn is just as charming (if not more so) as the front.
One of several photogenic barns dotting the historic farmstead.
What’s this quaint little building? It’s home to …
… these feathered friends!
This white one got a little testy if you neared too close.
And then there was this cockadoodledoo who made lots of noise!
Let’s move to a safer, quieter place on the farm. Who lives here?
These cuddly cuties! No amount of coaxing was going to lure them any closer.
The handsome little fella waiting by the open gate is my grandson, Aiden.
He enjoyed the farm just as much as I did. Every turn we made revealed something new to explore.
Oh boy … we definitely don’t want to get too close to these big studs!
Good thing they’re behind a closed gate.
What else can we find at Garfield Farm? So much to explore on a wintry afternoon.
Oh, wouldn’t this be great decor back at home? I was a good girl and left it in place.
This home isn’t original to the property but was moved here and now serves as the visitor’s center.
I was happy to see this rustic fence … it’s the same type of fence that encircles my backyard.
I hadn’t seen another one like it until we visited the farm.
Yep, this is pretty much what my backyard fence looks like. You can see it here.
Love this cute little door and the light above it!
And so, goodbye to Garfield Farm for now.

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  1. I love animals so much that my family always says I should be on a farm. Needless to say, I really enjoyed seeing your pictures today with all the farm animals. Looks like a really fun place to visit!

    Speaking of visiting, thanks for stopping by Cozy Home Kitchen and commenting on my spring tablescape!

    Hope you’re having a great Sunday.

  2. I just found you over at DebbieDoos, and love these beautiful photos you captured. I especially like the old barn. I also had to run over to check out your cottage, and it is so charming. I’m a new follower, both through GFC & LF. Please come for a visit.

  3. This was a wonderful tour…I love that first barn shot…not that I don’t like all the photos. But it was just my favorite.

  4. That detour was well worth it! What a gorgeous location and the snow added an extra touch to the beautiful setting. Love seeing all the animals there!

  5. What a beautiful spot. I would so like to spend some time here, love those cute geese and furbabbies. This is a detour that really was worth taking. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best.

  6. Absolutely wonderful captures! I love the old barns & that last one is GIGANTIC! =0
    The place is really beautiful in the snow & can’t wait to see more shots in the Spring!

    Thank you very much for sharing part 2 on Barn Charm =)