LI Asks: Why is this place important to you?
Stellwagen family and Stellwagen Family Farm Foundation
It is one of the very few original farmhouses with outbuildings in its original location left in Orland Park. We need to preserve our agricultural history, and this farm allows us to show and educate the community about farm living in the Orland area. We do not want to lose pieces of our past, and we want to ensure that new and young generations who make Orland their home understand and learn what life was like prior to the shopping, restaurants and entertainment that is now Orland Park. What also makes this farm so important is the family’s history and the family’s current presence in the preservation projects. The Stellwagen family first inhabited the farm in 1860. From then until present day, there has been eight generations of the Stellwagen family who have had a part on the farm, whether it was first starting the farm, growing up there or assisting with preservation projects. The Stellwagen family was an early family who made Orland Park their home, and it is an honor to continue to work with them to preserve this piece of history.”
How will saving this place impact people in your community?
“There will be a physical presence of our area’s agricultural history! By preserving the farm, the community and visitors will have a gateway into the past. Not only will this be a place to learn history, but the historic site can be used for future exhibitions, programs, tours, special events, etc. The site has so much potential for growth, and that is what we hope to do in the future. We want the Orland community to enjoy this site, and the preservation of the outbuildings is just the beginning. We have also completed a prairie restoration project, preserving the community’s environment and incorporated a walking path that brings more people to the farm site for them to enjoy the outdoors and history.”
Learn More about the History of the Farm